NewcastleFalcon wrote: ↑04 Apr 2018, 17:41Looks like emissions from diesel locomotives over the long term will wither on the vine if the UK's ambitious strategy for 2040 is implemented (just a hint of sarcasm )
Goodbye Diesel-The UK Government has announced that diesel-only trains will be phased out by 2040.
Will we have Battery Electric Trains to get over the "Overhead Wiring-up" of the entire network, or indeed will some Hydrogen power trains find a niche for themselves in the mix?
I think you might both be slightly misreading this. More cynicism is needed to reach one possible explanation. They can fulfil this, but it might not be what some think it sounds like.
The electrification to Wales and the west was delayed and then has been cancelled or reduced, and what is being done now (to only about Didcot, I believe) is over a year late.
New trains ordered for these routes have dual power, diesel and electric. Not hybrid, but separate. So in effect these trains could already fit the description of not being diesel only trains.
No further electrification at all would be needed to fulfil a promise that diesel only trains will be phased out, if it would only mean that these dual power trains will be introduced instead.
It is of course ludicrous and inefficient to have trains that are carrying the weight amd expense of two power systems and only using one, but none of the politicians PR about what they are up to will ever be phrased to admit that.