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Hitachi Rail Europe’s Intercity Express Programme will soon begin manufacturing a new generation of eco-friendly trains to haul freight  across the UK. The new Super Express trains will be a combination of all-electric and electric-diesel hybrids that will replace old Intercity model diesel trains. The new trains are not only lighter on the environment; they’re lighter on the tracks as well, which means lower maintenance costs for railways. And the best part? You can ride one.

“One of the things that our trains will do is they will use less energy per feet than existing trains, because they’re lighter,” said Hitachi Europe spokeswoman Daniela Karthaus. “We will also have more capacity on the trains, so more passengers can travel on them, so that is going to be an environmental benefit.” Construction of the new manufacturing plant will begin next year, with the first Super Express trains rolling out in 2016.

+ Hitachi Rail

Via Greenwise Business

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  1. lazyreader May 31, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Weight is a good thing when pulling freight. Rail freight is efficient because the energy you’re using to pulls tons and tons of freight is a high power to weight ratio. Taking freight to major distribution centers so trucks only have to transport goods locally and not cross country. Passenger rail is OBSOLETE. The problem with passenger rail transit, for most people it doesn’t start where you live and it doesn’t go where you want to go at a given time anyway. Whether that’s heavy rail, light rail, subways or streetcars. I love old timey trains but I have to admit financially it’s obsolete. And it makes no sense to spend billions of dollars on these systems. We’ve spent nearly 100 billion dollars in the last 30 years building new rail transit systems in America. And these systems combined carry less than a few percent of passengers in urban areas from these new systems. We spend almost half of our transportation budgets on these lines and the passenger numbers will not increase by any substantial measure. It’s never gonna carry sufficient amounts even if cities built new lines.

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  3. caeman May 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Weight is a good thing with train engines. Without the tons of weight, they could never pull what they pull. Diesel-Electric has existed for a long time. It is efficient and powerful. I am surprised to read of a straight diesel train still in operation.

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