If you really want to get into diesel-electric technology, this is the book for you. Traction control, slug units, de-rated locomotives, fuel tenders, braking systems, head-end power, the superiority of AC traction motors, it's all here to understand. This is far more interesting than just comparing a diesel-electric locomotives' exterior details.
Walter Simpson, an energy professional who led a nationally recognized campus energy conservation program credited with over $100 million in savings, has had a lifelong interest in railroads. With the assistance of many locomotive and other technical experts, he has applied his energy expertise to diesel-electric locomotives - producing this ground-breaking, comprehensive volume. This beautifully illustrated, information-packed book, written by an energy expert, allows you to look under the hood of the most modern diesel-electric locomotives through an energy and environment lens.
Here you can learn about: How every energy-related component of a contemporary diesel-electric locomotive works, including the diesel engine, alternator, rectifiers, inverters, traction motors, braking systems, auxiliaries, head-end power systems, and aerodynamics. Locomotive fuel economy technologies and the energy efficiency performance measures kept confidential by the railroad industry. Locomotive Tier 4 emissions regulations, compliance technologies, and their impact on fuel economy. Meeting railroad environmental challenges with alternative fuels and locomotive motive power options.
Introducing the Diesel-Electric Locomotive, pp. 1-20;
How Diesel-Electric Locomotive Systems Work, pp. 21-86;
Diesel-Electric Locomotive Fuel Economy and Energy Efficiency, pp. 87-104;
Energy Efficient Diesel-Electric Locomotive Operation, pp. 105-122;
EPA Emissions Standards, Tier 4 Locomotives and Energy Impact, pp. 123-134;
Future Directions for Diesel-Electric Locomotives, pp. 135-178;
Railroad Environmental Sustainability, pp. 179-186;
Acronyms and Abbreviations, pp. 187-190;
Selected Sources and Recommended Reading, pp. 191-196;
About the Author, pp. 197-198;
Notes, pp. 199-220;
Index, pp. 221-230.
Simmons-Boardman Books, softcover, 220 pages, standard portrait book 8 x 10 in., Color photographs and graphs.