Technical Reports

Chopper Propulsion System for Electric Locomotives

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1979
AUTHOR: Transportation Systems Business Division
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT-FR-9027
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Electric Locomotive, Chopper System
ABSTRACT: This preliminary report summarizes the work done during Phase I of contract DOT-FR-9027. This program covers the design and retrofit of a Conrail E44 electric locomotive with a chopper drive system. The chopper system was previously developed by the General Electric Company at its Erie facility and operated on a test bed locomotive at its Erie test track. A locomotive using this system will provide many railroad benefits. This program will serve to demonstrate these benefits and provide a means of testing and documenting all key parameters based on an electric locomotive operating in revenue service. This report also documents all locomotive arrangement drawings and preliminary performance curves that have been prepared during the Phase I portion of the contract.

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