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Would it be possible to install wind turbines on train cars? Has it been done before?

I wonder if it's possible or if it has been done to attach small turbines so that the train's motion serves as a positive feedback loop; the faster it goes, the more energy it captures from its passing.

Is this possible?


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    Nov 13 2012: Do you mean to produce electricity? For what use? The train could be a hybrid using diesel to get up to speed then switch over to electric when the turbines are humming. Is it possible? Sure. Is it economically profitable? Probably not. You will need to demolish and reconstruct every bridge with superstructure and every tunnel. You will have to redesign the locomotives. You will have to make myriad other alterations and additions to the rail system infrastructure. If I am right, I said IF, and these are problems to be solved, then all you have to do is solve them and your idea will make you rich and famous, unless someone steals it off the World Wide Web! Ooops.
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      Nov 13 2012: Are you agreeing that it would put out more energy than it takes in by wind resistance?

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