Railway Motive Power And Alternative Propulsion (January/February 2019)


Air quality and volatile diesel prices pose challenges to railways, particularly in urban areas. Traditional wayside power supply requires large capital investment and has visual impact. Emerging propulsion systems have the potential to address these concerns: (a) Rapidly developing battery technology with opportunity charging offers a suitable way forward for some railway services. (b) Hydrogen fuel cell systems offer zero-emission, longer range, flexibility, and lower capital cost than electrification. Knowledge and understanding of these technologies is essential to increase the effectiveness of capital investment, fleet modernization, and to avoid investment in stranded assets.

Classroom instruction by MSU Faculty and Industry subject matter experts, with a site visit included.


January 30 - February 1, 2019.  8:00 am - 5:00 pm.


Courtyard by Marriott- Long Beach CA, 500 East First Street, Long Beach, CA, 90802


  • Managers considering new networks and extensions
  • Railway consultants
  • Government representatives and policy advisors responsible for air quality or public transportation
  • Rail transportation managers for ports / port authorities
  • Rail motive power mangers considering technology changes / fleet renewal or refurbishment

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