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Is it possible that gas turbine engines can be used for railways , even though it may posses some risk such as Foreign object damage , can it be efficient such as electric trains but it can act as stand alone system

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    $\begingroup$ Not sure if AviationSE is the right place for this question. $\endgroup$ – user1008090 Mar 3 '18 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia: Gas Turbine Locomotive $\endgroup$ – user71659 Mar 3 '18 at 16:52
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If you mean using the exhaust thrust to push the train, I am not sure. If you mean using the power from the shaft of the turbine to derive mechanical work, it's been done: JetTrain .

Note that the gas turbine was only efficient for high speeds, and there were more traditional drive trains (diesel electric) for lower speed operations and idling.

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  • $\begingroup$ The turbojet train has been tried. $\endgroup$ – user71659 Mar 3 '18 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ Also consider that many trains are electric, and gas turbine generators are used to generate electricity, so in a sense they're turbine trains. With all the advantages of leaving most of your engine and its problems elsewhere :-) $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Mar 3 '18 at 19:48
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This has been done multiple times, see Turbojet train. Only few really jet-powered trains have been built, for research in high-speed rail. Gas turbine locomotive is a less extreme attempt to use a turbine for powering the wheels (rather than moving the train with its direct thrust).

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