Friday, February 26, 2010

A "Monster" train - 3.5 miles long

Baby Bop loved this:

More info at Popular Mechanics in Is Bigger Better? 'Monster' Trains vs Freight Trains:

Earlier this year, Union Pacific quietly ran a record-setting "monster" freight train over its Sunset Route, from Dallas to Long Beach, using the 3.5-mile-long behemoth during a one-time test of new distributed-power configurations that may help make long trains even longer. Distributed-power units (DPUs) are extra locomotives that are placed between or behind freight cars on very long trains to help them haul long, heavy loads without derailing.

To put this in context the article says most trains are about a mile long.

(Hat tip: Instapundit)

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