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    ... while the main target there would be to shift the market boundary between air and ground transport, the ability to make a shipment by rail and have it arrive on time would be quite attractive for rail to air rather than truck to air connections.

    That kind of business might be more inclined to use CargoSprinter style trains than conventional long haul freight trains. The Cargo Sprinter concept builds longer trains by coupling shorter "rail-truck" trains together.

    If the diesel traction in the "rail-truck" was replaced by a hybrid diesel-electric powerplant, it would be straightforward to make it a dual power vehicle that draws power off overhead lines where available.

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    by BruceMcF on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:15:23 AM PDT

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    •  I'm thinking cost, too... (0+ / 0-)

      Given the much greater energy efficiency of rail, there must be potential to ship packages cheaper by rail than by air. If FedEx or UPS could start doing that on one spoke of their Memphis hub, it would create demand for more rail spokes.

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      by HeyMikey on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:49:36 AM PDT

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