SustainabilityCaring About Our Environment
We at Grand Northern are environmentalists. We treasure our planet and are disgusted by the destruction we see all around us. From the over use of the fragile Earth’s natural resources to the everyday site of our fellow humans dropping litter on our pavements and verges because they can’t even be bothered to take it home with them.
We have developed our proposal on the principle that prosperity can be achieved without the need to destroy our wonderful Pennine environment. By re-opening the defunct Woodhead railway line, we will be using an existing track bed, so there will be no need to excavate any of the beautiful Peak District. Moreover, our Roll On Roll off terminals will be located on Brown Field Sites.
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Removing Lorries From The Road Networks
Perhaps most importantly of all, we will be removing lorries from the Road Network, which would mean their diesel engines will be switched off for the 45 minutes it takes our electric locomotives to haul the “piggyback” trains over the Pennines. Consequently, with the addition of Intercity passenger and Transmodal freight services we expect to be removing hundreds of thousands of Tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere annually. All the other toxic products of combustion, comprising Nitrous Oxide, Sulphur Dioxide and particulates, will also be removed.
Furthermore, all HGV’s that use the pennine routes waste massive amounts of energy through the braking process. Friction from slowing the lorry creates heat and this is lost to the atmosphere forever.
Slowing a train hauled by an electric locomotive uses a process known as regenerative braking insofar as the motors which drive the train up the hill act in reverse, after they’ve reached the summit of the route. This ineffect turns the locomotive motors into generators.
With the use of electric locomotives we will be able to exploit the topography of the Woodhead railway line, by using re-generative braking. The route over the pennines lends itself perfectly to the motor/generator principle in that electricity would be generated during braking on the downward part of the route.
The benefit is massive, in that the energy that would have been lost through coventional friction braking is turned in to electricity. This will be a considerable boost to Grand Northern’s earning potential. The benefit to the user is also considerable in terms of less wear and tear to the truck’s braking and suspension systems. Win, Win!!!!