Hydrogen Powered Trains Feasibility Study

January 13th, 2022

Hydrogen Powered Trains Feasibility Study

The proponents are undertaking a feasibility study to assess the introduction of hydrogen-powered trains for bulk freight, with mining industry applications in Queensland under study.

Main proponents:

Aurizon, Anglo American


Main end-use classification:

Hydrogen mobility


Under development – feasibility study

Estimated cost:


Other involvement:


Production details:

Under evaluation


Queensland, Australia

Announced funding:


Project description

Aurizon and Anglo American have announced an agreement to conduct a feasibility study that will explore the application of Anglo American’s proprietary hydrogen fuel cell and battery hybrid power units in heavy haul freight rail operations.

If the feasibility study is successful, the agreement could be extended to further phases of collaboration, potentially including detailed engineering and development of a hydrogen- fuelled heavy haul locomotive prototype.

The feasibility study will focus on the potential deployment of Anglo American’s hydrogen power technology on two Aurizon rail corridors in Queensland:

  • the 180-kilometre long Moura rail corridor that operates between Anglo American’s Dawson metallurgical coal mine and Gladstone Port, and
  • the 977-kilometre long Mount Isa rail corridor that operates between the North West Minerals Province to Townsville Port, via Aurizon’s Stuart Terminal.

Both corridors presently use diesel fuelled locomotives.


Reviewed: December 2023