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The joint venture announced this month aims to produce a working
model of the train in 18 months.
Most of the technology also has been proven in other fields. <...>
An AlliedSignal Inc. gas turbine engine, spinning at 15,000 r.p.m.,
will be connected directly to a high-speed generator. That
electrical power will be delivered to four independent motors.
The University of Texas at Austin is developing a flywheel battery
that will capture energy generated by braking the train and store
it for acceleration.
The new 4,000-horsepower locomotive is to weigh about 100 tons,
half the weight of some diesel freight engines, and be able to
haul trains at up to 150 m.p.h.
The turbine will run on the same diesel fuel available in nearly
all rail systems.
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