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First off, a heavy freight train frequently has four or more locomotives, each capable of several thousand horsepower at full throttle. That works out to about 10 MW of power per train, which is at the upper limit of one of today's windmills--when the wind is blowing hard.

So where is the problem? We have high-speed trains that can withdraw 17.6 MW from the catenary (two coupled sets of TGVs), that's no problem for the electric system. And we can place at least 100 turbines of the 2 MW class along a 50 km stretch of track.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Dec 24th, 2007 at 02:06:49 PM EST
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