The BioUltra train has been developed by engineers at Ultra Light Rail Partners of Worcester. The developers presented a demo train powered by biogas back in July. The new train will carry twice as many passengers (maximum 120) at speeds of up to 50 miles (80 km) per hour.
It will also have anti-viral features, including ultraviolet lighting and virus-killing copper surfaces, plastic shields and reliable ventilation. Trains powered by gas from the recycling of human and animal waste and discarded foodstuffs could join the British Railways lineup in the near future.
At a top speed of 50 miles per hour, the 66-foot (20-meter) car will turn biomethane into electrical energy that will charge the train’s batteries and propel its engines.
The BioUltra train would replace current diesel-powered trains, which are polluting, noisier and less efficient.
The government has announced plans to phase out diesel trains on Britain’s railroads by 2040 and switch to alternative fuel sources, including biogas, hydrogen and battery-powered trains.