Indian Railways plans to introduce hydrogen-fueled trains on its narrow-gauge heritage routes by the end of this year. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Railway Technology.


“We will launch hydrogen trains on heritage routes from December 2023. This will mean that these heritage routes will become completely green,” said Ashwini Vaishnow, Minister of Railways of the Indian Union.

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The heritage routes of Indian Railways are the Matheran Hill Railway, Kangra Valley, Bilmora-Vagai, Marwar-Devgarh-Madria, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

According to various local media reports, the railways are currently developing a prototype hydrogen-powered train at the Northern Railways workshop. The new hydrogen trains will be modeled after German and Chinese counterparts.

Plans to launch domestically produced hydrogen trains in India were also revealed last month. These new trains, called the Vande Metro, will replace existing trains built in the 1950s and 1960s.

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