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Locomotive
Locomotive  

Derailment
Derailment  
Dear Prof Steve

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locomotive‎
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derailment‎

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Will there be Locomotive Derailment if the motorman applies a sudden brake when the Locomotive was running at 300 Km/hr and above speed ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hello Prashant,

Unfortunately, the wikipedia links you included did not open articles. I found one that implies that there is no fear of derailment in this particular case.
http://www.rttnews.com/2053679/japan-unveils-new-bullet-train-featuring-enhanced

I am certain that there are mistakes that could be made by the engineers that would cause such a problem. But I'm certain the engineers on such a project would be talented. Testing intensive before passengers were allowed on the train and the concern you propose would be one of the issues to be tested.

I hope this helps,
Steve

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