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Trial uses moveable overhead cables for freight trains


28 March 2022
The Overhead Conductor system
The Overhead Conductor system


An overhead electrification system that could allow diesel freight trains to be phased out is being trialled in Northamptonshire. The project, Decarbonisation & Electrification of Freight Terminals (DEFT), was funded by the DfT and Innovate UK. 

Freight trains are typically loaded and unloaded from above, preventing the use of the high voltage overhead cables used on mainline railways. 

This means they still rely on diesel to move in and out of terminals, and passengers can be...

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