Technical Reports

Wayside Energy Storage Study: Volume IV- Dual Mode Locomotive, Preliminary Design Study

  • 01
  • Feb
  • 1979
AUTHOR: L.J. Lawson and L.M. Cook
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA/ORD-78/78, IV
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Electrified Railroads, Electric Locomotives, Diesel Lcocmotives, Regenerative Braking, Flywheels
ABSTRACT: This is the fourth volume of a four volume report entitled the Wayside Energy Storage Study, which comprises the following volumes: Volume I, Summary; Volume II, Detailed Description of Analysis; Volume III, Engineering Economics/Analysis: Data and Results; Volume IV, Dual Mode Locomotive/Preliminary Design Study. A preliminary design study was conducted to confirm the technical viability and economic attractiveness of the dual-mode locomotive concept based on the most common U.S. road locomotive, the SD40-2. The study examined the existing characteristics of the base locomotive and ensured that operation in the diesel mode would not be compromised by a locomotive which has a pantograph, transformer, converter, and choke added to permit operation from a 50kV catenary. The study concluded that the concept is technically viable and is economically attractive the top lime modification cost being $217,500.

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