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Sunday Train: The world’s first solar-powered railroad

The Byron Bay Railroad Company’s charming 100% solar-powered train has been featured in a Fully Charged video, showcasing the possibility of zero-emission public transport. The train is super efficient, requiring 8.33 watt-hours per passenger kilometer, even with frequent stop–starting. With a 6.5 kW rooftop solar array and a lithium-ion battery on board, in peak solar […]

Blue states are working together to cut carbon emissions from transit

Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont are working together to formulate a policy proposal to reduce transportation carbon emissions. The point of the collective effort is to reduce air pollution, improve transportation to underserved people and develop economic opportunities. By Jake Richardson Cleantechnica The collaborators have a goal […]

January 10th

Sunday Train: Hydrogen may have a future on the rails

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis was refueling his hydrogen fuel-cell car at one of the 50-plus refueling stations scattered around Germany when a Tesla driver, who was recharging his own car, approached. The man was excited to see a hydrogen-powered car in action, and was brimming with questions. Chatzimarkakis, who is secretary general of Hydrogen Europe, was happy to answer them, and […]

January 6th

2018 Year in Review: This year, hydrogen-powered trains started competing with standard rail

In September of 2018, two hydrogen passenger trains started operating on a 100-kilometer (62 mile) stretch of track between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde, and Buxtehude in northern Germany. The bright blue trains manufactured by the French company Alstom warmed the hearts of hydrogen die-hards globally. It’s the first commercial hydrogen-powered train in […]

December 30th

Branson’s Virgin joins forces with Musk’s Hyperloop

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has made a substantial investment in Hyperloop One, one of the companies pursuing Elon Musk’s dream of high speed transportation by sending pods through tubes that have a partial vacuum to reduce aerodynamic resistance. By Steve Hanley How much money did Sir Richard throw into the pot? No one is saying precisely, […]

October 21st

Yes we CAN have it all: Upgrading electric rail lines could also upgrade the electric grid

Solutionary Rail is a book with a strange title that proposes a plan to solve two critical infrastructure challenges with a single effort. Electrifying the US rail system and installing electrical transmission lines that serve to both provide power to the rail system and to transport electricity from capillary generation sources to the destination of most […]

September 17th

Amendment to ELIMINATE Amtrak voted down in US House

Why does the GOP hate Amtrak? Maybe because in small talls across rural America – the deep red American heartland – Amtrak is the most visible government program (well, after farm subsidies). But unlike farm subsidies (and highway subsidies, and oil subsidies), Republicans hate rail subsidies. But when push came to shove in Congress late last […]

September 7th

Major US coal hauler speaks truth to Trump: Fossil fuels are DEAD

Talk about buzz kill! Right in the middle of the Trump Administration’s “Made in America Week” publicity event, The Financial Times reports that iconic US railroad company CSX is not planning to buy new locomotives to haul additional coal — and it is laying off 700 workers at various facilities, too. Adding insult to injury, the company’s CEO […]

July 20th

Clinton vs Trump vs Congress on fixing America’s decrepit infrastructure

By Meteor Blades Both Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump have laid out plans for tens of billions to be spent on restoring America’s infrastructure as well as innovating some modernization. Clinton’s $275 billion, five-year plan, not surprisingly, contains solid detail. In place of specifics, Trump’s plan, which proposes $1 trillion in spending and leverage over the same period, depends, as you […]

September 20th

Sunday Train – Adventures in the Beijing subway

By Bruce McF I have ridden the Beijing Subway and lived to tell the tale! Of course, the youtube clips you might be able to find about incredible overcrowding on the Beijing subway is just part of the story. Indeed, when riding on my “home” subway line, I often not only find plenty of standing […]

August 21st

Sunday Train – Let’s build the Steel Interstate!

By Bruce McF Sunday Train has long supported the Steel Interstate concept … but Sunday Train is “merely” an online activity composed of my online blogging in various forums and your discussion in various forums. However, since 2013, I have also been involved in the advocacy of the Steel Interstate concept in a more direct collaboration organized […]

August 15th