Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train

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I can't find a thread on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train here. So I am starting a new one. It is one of the most environmentally friendly trains available since it has 100% zero emissions. It is quiet and clean.
Hydrogen is safe and efficient than gasoline or natural gas. The milage of hydrogen vehicles is also higher. However, hydrogen gas has a few unique properties that require special consideration. For example, hydrogen can leak easily and ignite a relatively low temperature. But Hydrogen, handled with this knowledge, is a safe fuel. To ensure that hydrogen is handled responsibly, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing international safety standards. The Canadian Hydrogen Installation Code (CHIC) defines the requirements applicable to the installation of hydrogen equipment. Companies that manufacture hydrogen and fuel cell products and build hydrogen stations use many features that continue to be validated through safety tests.
What do you think about the future of hydrogen vehicles?
Hydrogen is difficult to store and handle. Battery tech is sufficient for affordable automobiles, maybe for switching yards and smallish trains. I don't know the current status of NS999.

Bill Anderson

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The Burlington Northern experimented with a natural gas fueled engine back in the 70's when the price of diesel was sky high. The Union Pacific looked into electrification of their line over Sherman Hill for the same reason. I am not certain, but Caterpiller may even have built an LPG powered switcher. I cannot recall anyone experimenting with hydrogen as a fuel.

Since then modern computer technology has produced much cleaner and more efficient diesel engines and introduced battery powered units, as was pointed out above.

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