California short line strives to be litmus test for hydrogen switchers

In March, Sierra Northern Railway landed a $4 million state grant for a joint effort to design, integrate and demonstrate a hydrogen fuel-cell switching locomotive at the Port of West Sacramento. Velocity Strategies

Since he became Sierra Northern Railway’s president and chief executive officer in 2014, Kennan Beard has sought to keep the 75-mile northern California short line on the cutting edge of locomotive technology. A big part of that objective is employing high-tech switchers that are more environmentally friendly and efficient.


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