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Keith W Henline

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Run a single locomotive in front of high speed trains. Why?

Run the stripped down efficient locomotive far enough in front of a high speed train so that if it crashes the following train can stop in time. In the old days they called that a "scout" (someone who would go ahead to make sure the trail was safe). At the very least you could send a drone which would send back information to the engineer.
This just popped into my head, I don't know why.... OR we could just wait and see what happens when the next 200+ MPH train runs into a car, animal or tree.


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  • Mar 19 2013: trains take miles and miles to stop and the problem with this is that it doesn't help anything we can already do the only thing it would really help out is if the track was broken and operators didn't already know about it and even then that means the locomotive will still crash another problem is that this would double to triple the length of the train and it still would never help against cars and animals because those factors are always changing and moving what keeps a cow from not stepping in front of the engine and just stepping in front of the cars?

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