The Mooresville Hydrail Initiative
In 2002, the Mooresville South Iredell Chamber's Transportation Infrastructure and Air Quality Committee—working with the Charlotte Area Transit System and the Centralina Council of Governments—conceived and began to network the idea of wireless electric rail transit powered by hydrogen fuel cells. We named the new technology "hydrail." This has become the generic international name of the technology.
Administrative and political complexities took Mooresville out of the running but California's San Bernardino Transit Authority has now picked up the hydrail torch and will run the first US hydrail transit line.
In 2004, we shared the idea with the public in Charlotte. See Here: All Aboard the H2 Train- S.Boykin
In 2005, we proposed to China that they work with us to improve urban air quality by introducing hydrail. See Here: 2005 Email to CN H2 Ass'n Chair MAO ZongQiang
In 2013, the Southwest Jiaotong [railway engineering] University flew the Chamber's Stan Thompson to Shanghai for a week to speak and chair the Hydrogen Locomotive Session at the 5th International Hydrogen Technology Convention.
At our 8th International Hydrail Conference in Toronto, 2013, the Chamber's networking strategy achieved its primary goal and, as we hoped, the first hydrail trains went into public service in Lower Saxony, Germany, in 2018.
Twenty-nine countries have now begun moving toward hydrail.
Next year at Canada's University of British Columbia at Okanagan, the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative's Sixteenth International Hydrail Conference is scheduled. Mooresville's hydrail conferences have been held in Charlotte, Salisbury, and Mooresville NC; Herning, Denmark; Valencia, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Birmingham, UK., Toronto, Canada; Neumünster and Hamburg, Germany; Graz, Austria; and Rome, Italy—mostly at universities.
France, Scotland and a few other countries have committed to eliminate diesel trains completely—mostly with hydrail—within fifteen years,making the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative one of the most effective climate protection movements on the planet.