Sierra Northern Railway Unveils Look of New Hydrogen Switching Locomotive

Sierra Northern Railway (SERA), the freight division of the Sierra Railroad Company, has unveiled the look of its new zero-emission hydrogen switching locomotive.

This will replace its old tier 0 diesel locomotive model.

Sierra Northern Railway Zero Emission Hydrogen Switching Locomotive
Sierra Northern Railway Zero Emission Hydrogen Switching Locomotive

The California Energy Commission awarded 4 million USD ( 4.01m EUR) for the design, integration and demonstration of this locomotive, which will showcase the ability of hydrogen fuel cell, storage, advance battery and systems control technologies to reduce emissions.

SERA, the project’s technical lead, is working with a number of partners to bring this project to life.

These are GTI Energy, Railpower Tech, Optifuel Systems, the UC Riverside Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Velocity Strategies, Valley Vision, Ballard Power Systems, WHA International, Southern California Gas Company, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI).

Kennan H Beard III, President of Sierra Northern Railway (SERA), said:

“We're pleased to present this new look for the Sierra Northern Railway zero emission hydrogen switching locomotive as we continue to refine our design and prepare to build and test the locomotive.

“This new look combines the future of hydrogen (dark blue) with California's green future (dark and light green) with Sierra's strong tradition of switching locomotives for the goods movement sector.

“We’re more convinced today than ever that the Sierra Northern Railway zero emission hydrogen switching locomotive will help ensure the switching locomotive industry will have a zero-emission solution in the near future.”

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