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Why I Chose This Topic. Untitled. Regio-DB2-800. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Just Trains - Diesel Locomotives. End of line for diesel trains | Home News | News | The Independent. Some of Britain's most popular rail lines are to be electrified as part of a £1.1bn project to modernise the network, shunt diesel trains into sidings and help lower carbon emissions, the Government will announce today. The Great Western mainline from London to Swansea, used by about 21 million passengers a year, will be electrified over eight years, the Prime Minister will say.

A 30-mile stretch of track between Manchester and Liverpool will also be electrified over four years, cutting journey times by 15 minutes. About 300 miles of track will be electrified to help the Government cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Electric trains produce 20 to 35 per cent less carbon per mile than diesel trains. Passengers on the Great Western mainline will face eight years of disruptions but Network Rail said it planned to carry out the works overnight. The project is expected to boost capacity as electric trains can carry more passengers than diesel ones. Diesel Locomotive Technology. Contents The Diesel Locomotive - The Diesel Engine - Diesel Engine Types - Size Does Count - To V or not to V - Tractive Effort, Pull and Power - Starting - Governor - Fuel Injection - Fuel Control - Engine Control Development - Power Control - Cooling - Lubrication - Transmission - Parts of a Diesel-Electric Locomotive - Mechanical Transmission - Hydraulic Transmission - Wheel Slip - DMUs - More Information (Links).

The Diesel Locomotive The modern diesel locomotive is a self contained version of the electric locomotive. Like the electric locomotive, it has electric drive, in the form of traction motors driving the axles and controlled with electronic controls. It also has many of the same auxiliary systems for cooling, lighting, heating, braking and hotel power (if required) for the train. It can operate over the same routes (usually) and can be operated by the same drivers. Click on an image for the full size view. Parts of a Diesel-Electric Locomotive Diesel Engine Main Alternator Cab 1. Diesel locomotive - Locomotive Wiki, about all things locomotive! - Wikia.

Diesel locomotives (or "diesel engines") are locomotives that are propelled by a diesel engine(s). The name itself, derives from Rudolf Diesel, who invented the diesel combustion-engine, locomotive, and fuel to power the diesel engine. History Edit The diesel type of combustion-engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel in 1893, and was first used for early refrigerators. But after several failed experiments, he decided to use his unique engine on locomotives.

With several unsuccessful attempts, Rudolf Diesel developed a successful engine for locomotives. Diesel locomotives first began as modified railcars, until companies like ALCO, GE and EMC (Electro-Motive Corporation; now Electro-Motive Division) began building some of the very first official diesel locomotives, which weren't modified railcars or trainsets, and were also streamlined. Diesel locomotives are the primary locomotives used for powering trains nowadays. Design Types There are three types of final-drive mechanisms: Diesel-mechanical. Why Hybrid? Why Diesel? - How Diesel Locomotives Work. The main reason why diesel locomotives are hybrid is because this eliminates the need for a mechanical transmission, as found in cars. Let's start by understanding why cars have transmissions. Your car needs a transmission because of the physics of the gasoline engine. First, any engine has a redline -- a maximum rpm (revolutions per minute) value above which the engine cannot go without exploding.

Second, if you have read How Horsepower Works, then you know that engines have a narrow rpm range where horsepower and torque are at their maximum. For example, an engine might produce its maximum horsepower between 5,200 and 5,500 rpm. The five- or six-speed transmission on most cars allows them to go 110 mph (177 kph) or faster with an engine-speed range of 500 to 6,000 rpm. A gearbox like this would be huge (it would have to handle 3,200 horsepower), complicated and inefficient.

Why Diesel? Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline engines. Steam locomotive. Steam locomotives were first developed in Great Britain during the early 19th century and dominated railway transport until the middle of the 20th century. From the early 1900s they were gradually superseded by electric and diesel locomotives. Origins[edit] Stephenson's Rocket 1829, the winner of the Rainhill Trials United Kingdom[edit] United States[edit] The first US patent, US1, was obtained in 1836 by John Ruggles for a Locomotive steam-engine for rail and other roads.

Continental Europe[edit] The first railway service in Continental Europe (or for that matter, anywhere outside the UK and the US) was opened on 5 May 1835 in Belgium, between Mechelen and Brussels. The Austria, the first locomotive in Austria The first railway line over Swiss territory was the Strasbourg–Basle line opened in 1844. Basic form[edit] Boiler[edit] A steam locomotive with the boiler and firebox exposed (firebox on the left) Aftermath of a boiler explosion on a railway locomotive circa 1850. Steam circuit [edit] C. How Steam Trains Work - Peter's Railway - Steam Locomotives. The five hardback books contain loads of information on how trains work. Not just the locomotive itself, but track, wagons, points, bearings and much more.... The unique thing about the books is that they contain both stories and simple-but-accurate (Chris is a professional engineer!) Technical pages at the ends of chapters.

For samples of the how-it-works pages, just scroll down: They are the pages which explain how the boiler makes the steam and how the pistons use the steam to turn the wheels to pull the train. The Author's original hobby was making miniature steam engines.This is Chris driving Bongo at full speed! Bongo is the model for Fiery Fox in the books. The double pages which explain how the engine makes steam. The double pages which explain how the cylinders use the steam A short video clip with Chris explaining the moving parts Technical Banner/Poster The ideas and things explained in the hardback books are: Peter's Railway, (Book 1 hardback series) A Bit of Energy.

Molten Metal. Scenic Excursion Trains | The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. A variety of seating options are available on our daytime scenic excursions! Standard Coach and Premium Coach are offered every scheduled operating day; Parlor and First Class begin on June 20. Learn more about our four classes of service below: Standard Coach is available every day.

Seating is padded, high-back, bench-style seats. Most seats are located by large windows and seat two on either side of the aisle. Premium Coach is also available every day. Parlor is available most days (beginning June 20). First Class is available on Saturdays (beginning June 20) and additional days in October. Passengers dine at reserved tables of four in one of our restored dining cars. Passengers will be given a choice of entrees at the time the reservation is being placed. Cancellations must be made at least one week prior to departure date for full credit which can be used for up to one year. Click to view the various specials and deals available this season! Train Routes | Metrolink. How the Shinkansen bullet train made Tokyo into the monster it is today | Cities. At 10am on 1 October 1964, with less than a week and a half to go before the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the two inaugural Hikari Super Express Shinkansen, or “bullet trains,” arrived at their destinations, Tokyo and Osaka.

They were precisely on time. Hundreds of people had waited overnight in each terminal to witness this historic event, which, like the Olympics, heralded not just Japan’s recovery from the destruction of the second world war, but the beginning of what would be Japan’s stratospheric rise as an economic superpower. The journey between Japan’s two biggest cities by train had previously taken close to seven hours.

The Shinkansen had made the trip in four. The world’s first high-speed commercial train line, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, was built along the Tokaido, one of the five routes that connected the Japanese hinterland to Edo, the city that in the mid-1800s became Tokyo.