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New hydrogen switcher locomotive to hit California tracks by 2023
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New hydrogen switcher locomotive to hit California tracks by 2023

Californian railroad company Sierra Northern Railway will retire its diesel locomotive in favour of a new hydrogen switcher one set to be powered by Ballard Power Systems technology – and it’s expected to be on Northern Californian tracks by 2023.

The new hydrogen switcher locomotive will look to displace regular diesel fuel and help create improved air quality in addition to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

A hydrogen infrastructure will also be provided for the locomotive in which a new hydrogen station, set to be constructed by Royal Dutch Shell, will refuel the hydrogen-powered train.

The project will create a foundation for widespread deployment of hydrogen-powered locomotives, with the train set to be positioned in California where more than 260 switching locomotives and 500 intrastate locomotives are in service.

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