No engine, no oil Wabtec making its pitch for battery-powered trains

No engine, no oil: Wabtec making its pitch for battery-powered trains

Trains are the most efficient way to transport in America. Now it looks like there will be a boost for electric trains too!

From the outside, the locomotive whirring along Wabtec’s test tract in Erie looks almost like any other. The operator cab is pretty standard, too.

It’s in the guts that things take a turn.

There’s no engine. No oil. No steel levers or red valve handles.

Instead, it’s a quiet air-conditioned room that looks like the inside of a computer data center. The guts are the batteries, some 20,000 of them.

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