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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: oh and another thing is that this big steel cable would cause many problems just being there if any animal would touch it they would be sliced and diced leaving their body to be hit by the train causing possible derailing (although i doubt it would) but if it was going around a turn it would be cutting trees and buildings down as well haha and if it was a rock mountain you were turning around it would damage the cord and cause massive inefficiencies in the train

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