Stadler Flirt Hydrogen MUs for Amtrak California

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SubwayNut

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It's looking like Stadler may be providing Flirt Hydrogen Multiple (HMU?) Unit trainsets for Amtrak California powered by Hydrogen Fuel a Memorandum of Understanding Signed to purchase up to 25 units to operate statewide based on their FLIRT trainsets. a press release (picked up by trains magazine). These will be 4 car long trainsets based on a 2 car Hydrogen Powered Fuel set that was just manufactured for the Arrow Commuter Rail in San Bernardino County (its other trainsets will be diesel).

Anyone know how many trainsets the 3 Amtrak California routes need today? These Flirt's feel like too short trains for the Surfliner?
 

GDRRiley

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this is enough for San Joaquin and maybe ACE+ theres a new shuttle proposed near King to porterville and lemoore.

CC and Surfliner both need ~20-25 sets which would need to be far bigger. a 6-8 car FLIRT maybe big enough for the CC while the surlfiner would probably need 10 cars. Both of them should just be put under wire
 

GDRRiley

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In my opinion, electrification with batteries is a short-sighted undertaking at best.

The pros for battery rail tech are penny wise and pound foolish.
I'll use the SLO plan because its a decent example, the coast sub will likely get bi hourly service from surfliner and a coast daylight in this section with SLO being the start/termination for both.
it would share ~30 miles of mainline track with them before going off onto a shortline for the final 9 miles. With every 30 min peak and hourly off peak its easy enough to justify running wires on the mainline however the spur is a lower value.
 
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