57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2852 times:
Pretty much all new control units are digital. The view from most diesel-electric/electric units is pretty good. However, a steam locomotive is a different matter. The shortline I worked for ran a 2-8-0 Consolidation and 2-8-2 Mikado along with older diesel electrics with the high hoods on both ends. On the steamers, you could only see along the boiler-Fireman could only see ahead and left while the engineman could only see ahead and right. That meant being blind going around lefthand curves. Don't forget the 140 degree Farenheit temps and 100% humidity either.
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DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1708 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
Quoting 57AZ (Reply 5): Pretty much all new control units are digital. The view from most diesel-electric/electric units is pretty good. However, a steam locomotive is a different matter. The shortline I worked for ran a 2-8-0 Consolidation and 2-8-2 Mikado
Out of sheer curiosity do you remember who manufactured the "Mike"?
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DrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2711 times:
I guess that locomotive is powered from mains electricity judging from the control screens. I rode on an ICE Express (electric) train in Germany about a year ago, and MAN do those things have some starting torque compared to the diesel-electric passenger trains we run here in the US. I was not prepared at all for the acceleration in that train; it felt more like riding in a car!
I would like to see some data on the voltage and frequency stability in those electric-locomotive power grids. With all the large, fluctuating loads, I can't imagine how they could keep it to anywhere near the stability standards of the commercial grid. But I suppose it doesn't matter as much when the only load is locomotive motors.
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