According to sources, hydrogen trains will soon appear in the Netherlands, not as part of the testing, but as full-fledged participants in railway traffic. The tender will start next year.
Earlier this year, the regional operator Arriva Netherlands successfully ran a two-week test during which a hydrogen train ran for two weeks every night between Groningen and Leewarden, simulating the operation of regional and high-speed trains. The operation was comparable to regular operator flights, with the expected fuel consumption confirmed, the refueling process faster than the company expected, and the train was twice as quiet as diesel trains operating on the same line.
It is known that Arriva Netherlands is going to launch a hydrogen train between Groningen and Stadskanal, as well as on the Wunderline to the German city of Leer.
The tender for hydrogen trains will be launched next year, but financing and permits will be required for their commissioning. It is likely that the same trains that took part in the testing will be purchased eventually. This is the Coradia iLint by the French company Alstom.