Coradia iLint hydrogen train in the Netherlands

Hydrogen train on test tracks in Netherlands

The Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered train has been rolled out on the railway network of the Netherlands. Starting from 27 February, it is performing the overnight test trips on the Groningen – Leeuwarden line. On 7 March, the innovative rail vehicle will be presented to the public.

The hydrogen-powered train has arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday, 26 February. It was deployed at the provisional parking facility in Leeuwarden. The first drives on the Groningen – Leeuwarden line with only test crew onboard started at the nighttime between 27 and 28 February. They will continue until 14 March. At the same time, the hydrogen-powered train will be unveiled to the public at the Groningen railway station on 7 March between 12.00 and 16.00.

Five partners

The examination is being carried out by five partners: the province of Groningen that is interested in using this type of vehicles on its routes, Dutch rail infrastructure manager ProRail, railway operator Arriva that provides train services in the province, French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom that developed Coradia iLint train, French supplier of green hydrogen and tank installations Engie, German independent test organisation DEKRA that coordinates the tests.

“As a co-initiator, ProRail is investigating whether the hydrogen train is a viable alternative on its way to a CO2-neutral railway from 2050. Among other things, we look at how the train can run to a timetable, fuel consumption and refuelling,” Dutch rail infrastructure manager ProRail specified the goal of the tests.

Coradia iLint trains

The Netherlands is the second country where the Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered train runs on the tracks. As of today, it is operated on the regional non-electrified routes in Lower Saxony, Germany. The vehicle has been introduced the regular service by German railway operator Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser (EVB) in September 2018. Later it ordered 14 hydrogen-powered trains from Alstom. According to the agreement, they will be supplied by 2021.

Moreover, 27 hydrogen-powered rail vehicles were also ordered by Fahrzeugmanagement Region Frankfurt RheinMain (fahma), a railway operator in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Area. Alstom is committed to fulfilling this delivery by the end of 2022.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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