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Electric traction for railway trains; a book for students, electrical and mechanical engineers, superintendents of motive power and others
by:Edward Parris Burch
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... data for Steam Locomotives, and for Motor-car Trains. Some railroads believe in wearing locomotives out, as fast as possible, in hauling...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... data for Steam Locomotives, and for Motor-car Trains. Some railroads believe in wearing locomotives out, as fast as possible, in hauling trains, and few extra, locomotives are kept in service; locomotives are continually replaced with more modern machines. This plan gives better results than to operate locomotives which are 15 years old. In studying maintenance cost, care should be taken to get the basis of the book-keeping anil all comparable data on service. Complete information is seldom obtained. WAGES. Wages and time are saved with electric service. Locomotive and roundhouse work is decreased. Rate of wages paid is reduced. Firemen are not required. Automatic devices and meters increase safety. Locomotive mileage is greater; shopping is less. Heavier trains require less labor per mile run. Double heading does not require duplication of men. Time is utilized efficiently in actual running. Service is more continuous with electric locomotives. Less work and time are required for efficient switching. Labor is more efficient, and is of a better class. Speed of freight trains on grades is higher. These points have been detailed in Chapter III, under the heading, "Decreased Operating Expenses--Wages." Grand Trunk Railway records show a saving, following the St. Clair tunnel electrification, of 15 and 23 per cent. in the wages paid to locomotive crews and train crews respectively. New York Central uses one motorman for a 6-to 10-car multiple-unit train in place of an engineman and a fireman on a steam locomotive. Metropolitan and Metropolitan District Railway, London, reduced the wages of drivers 20 to 25 per cent. with the advent of electric traction. Lancashire and Yorkshire electric express trains have only two trainmen, one driver and...
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