In the Echo of March 9, Jeremy Holmes, Elements’ project manager, is reported as saying that the proposed train will be converted to ‘solar powered electric operation.’ This is a change from the term previously used by Elements and the one announced on Channel Ten news last year about a solar train for Byron Bay, which many people believe is coming.
So far, there are no solar trains on planet Earth!
As far as I can tell, Elements has given no information regarding details or dates of conversion.
I contacted an engineer at a train solar conversion factory in India; and the manager at the Lithgow Mining Museum where the diesel engine was refurbished. The solar power for Indian trains is for running air conditioners and lighting – not the engine. In Lithgow the manager said it could be done for half a million dollars.
Panels on top of a train are insufficient for moving it. Solar farms are needed to supply power for electric trams and trains.
I think a train is a great idea. Mr Holmes, let’s have a rubber-tyred, solar-powered train that fits Byron’s zero emissions goals, before it starts operating in Byron Bay.
Lee Cass, Byron Bay