Would/Could it be possible for cars/trucks/multimodal operations to be charged while in transit on electrified rail? Pulling energy off of the overhead?


It seems like it should be possible. Electric Multiple Units typically have multiple pantographs, drawing power independently for pairs of powered cars in the set. If an electric car / truck piggyback / powered container car required more power than was available from the locomotive, a tender car with a pantograph and transformers could provide that power. The User Fee for the power would be per KWh, so if a train with substantial in-train power consumption ran on the corridor, it would pay higher user fees.

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