Set to be put into service sometime in 2017, the Coradia iLint train emits only steam and condensed water while operating at a low noise level. A welcome alternative to the current 4000 diesel engine trains being used across Germany, the silent train was presented for the first time at Berlin’s InnoTrans trade show.
Coradia iLint train is set to run on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony from December 2017. It operates using a hydrogen fuel tank stored in its roof that powers a fuel cell to produce electric energy while only emitting steam and condensed water. This hydrail can travel around 800 km per day at speeds upto 140 kmph while noise levels are negligible coming from the wheels and air resistance.
Produced by French company Alstom, Lower Saxony has placed orders for 14 such Coradia iLint trains while more such trains will be put into service once initial tests prove successful. Tests are being conducted by the end of this year making these trains the first to ferry passengers over long distances.
The Coradia iLint train from Alstom is a single unit or two unit rail car that could signal the phasing out of heavily polluting diesel powered trains. Coradia iLint is based on service proven diesel train Coradia Lint 54 and will be produced from the Alstom site in Salzgitter.