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How much diesel does a locomotive use?
Last Updated: 21st May, 2020
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Then, how much power does a diesel locomotive have?
The diesel engine makes 3,200 horsepower, and thegenerator can turn this into almost 4,700 amps of electricalcurrent. The four drive motors use this electricity to generateover 64,000 pounds of thrust. There is a completely separate V-12engine and generator to provide electrical power for therest of the train.
Secondly, do diesel trains have gears? Well, if you mean do trains have transmissiongears, the answer is no. Nowadays locomotives areequipped with Diesel-electric system where, as Robert J.Kolker said, the Diesel engine is coupled to an alternatorwhich in turn drives the traction motor.
In this manner, how much does a diesel locomotive cost?
A diesellocomotive could cost from $500,000-$2 million. While anelectric locomotive could cost more than $6 million.Price depends on whether it is powered by AC or DC traction,how much horsepower it has, or what electronics it isequipped with.
What type of diesel fuel do trains use?
Diesel locomotives first entered widespreaduse in the 1930s, and were meant to replace steam. They havean extremely large internal combustion engine powered by dieselfuel, which generates electricity to power a series of electricmotors that turn the wheels.