Germany premieres the first hydrogen-powered train in the world

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At last, the world’s first hydrogen powered trains have made their global debut in the northern countryside of Germany. As of Monday, two Coradia iLint locomotives have been transporting passengers back and forth between the towns of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude found just west of the majoring Hamburg. The eco-efficient models were produced by French transportation engineers at Alstom, the same manufacturers who amazed the world in the early 1980s with their world record setting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The world’s first 100% solar-powered train launches in Australia

A train entirely powered by solar energy is now rolling down tracks in Byron Bay, Australia. The Byron Bay Railroad Company refurbished a three-kilometer, or almost two-mile, stretch of tracks and restored a heritage train, outfitting it with a 6.5 kilowatt solar array with flexible solar panels. A limited service launched over the weekend, with full service commencing in January.

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America’s first private high-speed train could take 3 million cars off the roads

America isn’t exactly known for high-speed train travel. But a new express train project taking off in Florida could change that – and will be the first private, high-speed rail service in the country. Brightline, owned by Florida East Coast Industries, will allow people to travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami in half an hour, on trains propelled by diesel electric engines.

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Aerospace-inspired wonder could be the UK’s first double-decker high-speed train

Lucky Brits could soon ride on high-speed trains with luxury jet-like interiors. Taking inspiration from aerospace design, Andreas Vogler Studio and the German Aerospace Center dLR designed and developed the AeroLiner 3000 train, the first double-deck high-speed train for the UK. Conceived with plans of implementation, this innovative and ultra-lightweight design would allow for an increase in capacity of 30% on the British railways’ existing infrastructure—no new railways needed.

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South America’s first luxury sleeper train is a traveler’s dream come true

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“We design journeys,” explains Inge Moore, founder of Muza Lab, “and with Belmond Andean Explorer, we have distilled the romance, nostalgia and freedom of the train voyage. The train is a place of transition where time seems to slow down between the departure and the arrival. Our vision was to design somewhere to ponder and dream, a space where the beauty of the land can infuse the soul.”

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This train station which doubles as city hall in Sweden will function as an “urban living room”

The new station and city hall in the southern Swedish city of Växjö is an urban living room that gathers several functions under one striking, prismatic roof. White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for an anonymous competition, the building combines an expressive form with accessibility and provides a series of public spaces for citizens, visitors and employees.

The 150,000-square-foot wooden structure is topped with an elegant, sloping roof that ensures lower energy consumption. The three main… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Utrecht Central Station houses train, bus and tram transport under one undulating roof

Utrecht Central Station, the city’s largest and busiest train station, has officially opened. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the new transit hub will house train, bus and tram platforms under one undulating roof.

The station has been in development since 2003 as a replacement for the previous building which could not handle the rising number of commuters. Three times its original size, the new complex integrates different transport modes. Its most prominent features is the undulating… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Germany unveils worlds first zero-emissions hydrogen-powered passenger train

French company Alstom unveiled the first-ever passenger train powered completely by hydrogen at this week’s Berlin InnoTrans trade show. The hydrogen train or “hydrail” will be put into service on Germany’s Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony by December 2017. After two years in development, the “Coradia iLint” train offers a zero-emissions alternative to Germany’s existing fleet of diesel trains, thanks to a roof-mounted tank of hydrogen fuel.

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