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CPKC to test tender for hydrogen locomotive this year

1 February 2024
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The CPKC hydrogen locomotive coupled to a tender
The CPKC hydrogen locomotive coupled to a tender. Source: HGmotive
Krechetov Dmitry, Editorial Contributor
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Savenkova Ekaterina, Editorial Contributor to International Projects of ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Canada: Coupled to a mainline locomotive, a tender from the US company HGmotive is being tested on the Canadian operator’s tracks.

This is the third diesel locomotive that CPKC has converted to hydrogen traction. Although its specifications are not disclosed, it is said that the tender and refuelling system meet the safety requirements of the Canadian and US Departments of Transportation. In addition to the tender being tested, HGmotive is building another tender with a larger capacity, which will be tested and commissioned in the middle of 2025.

Between 2021 and 2023, CPKC converted three of its diesel locomotives to hydrogen, replacing the diesel engines with batteries and Ballard fuel cells. The first two are currently operating at a freight terminal in Calgary.

There are other companies developing hydrogen locomotives and tenders in North America. In the spring of 2023, Wabtec announced the development of a hydrogen mainline locomotive and a tender.

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