A train powered by hydrogen will run on the main line for the first time under plans to reduce reliance on diesel. Full trials of a hydrogen train will start within weeks and it could pull passenger trains late next year. The technology is being developed by the University of Birmingham alongside Porterbrook, a rolling-stock company. The government has given the consortium a £400,000 grant to develop and test the “HydroFlex” train. The trial will take place from the group’s base at Long Marston, Warwickshire, and run on the North Cotswold Line, which from Oxford to Hereford. The technology uses hydrogen and oxygen to generate electrical energy that can power the train. It can also be powered by electricity from overhead cables where they exist. It is one of two hydrogen train designs for the network. Alstom, the train builder, and Eversholt Rail, a rolling-stock company, are developing a zero-emission train called Breeze.
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