Hydrogen Train Project – great news for Bo’ness!

Back in December, a retired ScotRail Class 314 electric train was transported by road from its depot in Glasgow to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway where it will be converted to hydrogen-powered.

It must have been an interesting sight for those living near Bo’ness Station as the train was brought in unit parts over three days on a low loader lorry.

This work is part of a Scottish Enterprise project, in partnership with Transport Scotland and the University of St Andrews’ Hydrogen Accelerator and we are proud to do our bit at Bo’ness. Whilst on our site, we will work with hydrogen technology specialists Arcola Energy over the next 11 months with the target of showcasing the train to a global audience attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November.

Steve Humphreys, SRPS Chairman added: “We are delighted to be able to work on this project and the arrival of the Class 314 units on our site at a time when we have had a very difficult year is a welcome and positive step towards our future.

“We have been at the forefront of Scottish railway preservation for 60 years and being part of the future of the railway industry in Scotland makes a fitting project for our Diamond Jubilee in 2021.

Visitors will once again be able to take a nostalgic steam train journey and visit Scotland’s largest railway museum here with us. At the same time, we will be assisting in the development of the future of rail travel in Scotland”

For more information please see press releases from Scottish Enterprise and Arcola here.

With thanks to Allan Eley for these photos.