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  •  RE: Electric railroads.... (7+ / 0-)

       Hey Bruce, Seems to me that years ago one of the railroads in the Pacific Northwest had electrified territory in the mountains. Descending trains in dynamic braking would be putting energy into the system, and ascending trains would draw it out. Pretty slick when everything is in balance, eh?

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    by Hoghead99 on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 07:40:44 PM PST

    •  Definitely ... the Milwaukee Road ... (5+ / 0-)

      ... pulled out the electrification of their two electrified divisions, 438mi in the Rockies, Harlowton, Montana to Avery, Idaho, and 207mi along the Pacific Northwest Coast, Tacoma to Othello, Washington.

      The bean counters decided in 1972 that the copper in the overhead electrical supply was worth more as scrap than in use. AFAIR, the decision was made just before the copper bubble collapse, and also, of course, just before the oil gas crisis, when if they hadn't pulled it out, in 1973 the same bean counters might have said the thing to do was to connect the two divisions together.

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      by BruceMcF on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 07:52:52 PM PST

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    •  And, yeah ... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... dynamic braking on the wire is more efficient than hybrid cars recovering energy ... putting the power on the wire and taking it off has fewer losses than charging a battery and then drawing out of a battery again.

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      by BruceMcF on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 08:34:07 PM PST

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