A catch all for musing and questions I have
2020-05-11 - I was watching a train the other day and thinking "of all the things that can be automated and significantly more efficient, it has to be trains". I wonder if the train network being more efficient through automation would make oil pipelines and maybe even long distance trucking unnecessary. One thing I don’t understand about trains is, why do it all as one big train, rather than all individual carriages controlling themselves?. Imagine a highway of 5-10 parallel tracks running across the country with train cars going along automated, switching between the tracks automatically as needed.