Battery powered trains with fast charging

This talk follows on from Pete Mason’s presentation in January 2020 in which he looked at the challenges of replacing diesel engines with batteries and electric motors.

With the choice of Lithium-Ion battery made, and some typical branch-line routes examined, the next stage is to work out how to safely deliver substantial re-charge from the trackside into the batteries whilst on a ten-minute layover, involving very high current power transfer via third and fourth rails. 

This requires the considerations of safety, electrical interference, and human interference to be adequately addressed and converted into systems that are reliable and largely self-controlling. 


Continuing Professional Development

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14 Jun 2021

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Add to Calendar 06/14/2021 19:30 06/14/2021 21:00 Battery powered trains with fast charging How to deal with the safety and process control issues


Hereford and Worcester Local Network

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Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Senior Electrical Engineer - Vivarail Limited

Richard is a chartered electrical engineer who has worked in rail vehicle systems for over 20 years, following some 20 years in the fire detection and security industry. Over the last six years he has been involved in the system integration design for the Class 230 train of various train safety systems (TPWS, GSM-R) and developed many of the other system schematics for the Class 230 train. He has recently been a part of the team developing the next generation battery-hybrid versions of the Class 230 and has been closely involved in system design, safety, and testing. Currently the plan is to have a working fast-charge battery demonstrator train by the end of 2021 with a view to conducting real-life trials on a suburban branch line in 2022. 


Herefordshire and Worcestershire

United Kingdom


Start 19:30

Q&A 20:30

Finish 21:00


Battery trains


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