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Jet-powered locomotive set to launch from D.C. Union Station


On Oct. 15, Bombardier Transportation plans to introduce JetTrain, a 150-mph non-electric locomotive powered by a jet engine, at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station.

Historically, only electric locomotives have been able to garner enough power to run at more than 110 mph. Plans for high-speed rail service, therefore, has been limited in many areas where electrification was too costly to justify time saved by traveling 150 mph rather than 110 mph.

Bombardier officials believe JetTrain is the first 150-mph non-electric locomotive designed for the North American market, according to a prepared statement.

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