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Author Topic: World First Solar Train Arrives in Byron Bay [Australia]  (Read 5567 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2019, 04:19:35 pm »

I'm guessing that as Byron Bay is a similar latitude to the Canaries that both the strength of the sun and amount of it is slightly more than we might get in the UK (United Kingdom).  I certainly wouldn't suggest to TfW that they rely on it for the Valley Lines electrification.

Maybe solar wouldn't work in the Valleys, but I'm told it can be quite windy atop the surrounding hills...

So, sail powered trains then?

You should copyright that idea BNM.  I'm sure our current climate change protesters would love that...... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2019, 04:41:58 pm »

So, sail powered trains then?

I recall doing one as an "O" gauge project about 40 years ago - problem was it was too light and blew over ... looked rather like the Spooner example on that page linked above.

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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2019, 07:42:49 pm »

So, sail powered trains then?

I recall doing one as an "O" gauge project about 40 years ago - problem was it was too light and blew over ... looked rather like the Spooner example on that page linked above.

Well... who knew? I thought I'd had an original idea. Turns out the idea's been around for nearly 200 years.

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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2019, 10:51:33 pm »

Well, there is one at the Royal Deeside Railway...

Oh yes... handsome brute it is too!

For anyone who likes pictures of that BEMU, I have just found a small heap of them showing it in service in the 1960s. The GNSRA covers (obviously) the whole GNSR in its picture gallery.
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« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2021, 08:01:42 pm »

This solar/battery powered train featured in tonight's TV program "Great Australian railway journeys" shown at 19-00 on BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) 2.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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