Diesel Locomotive

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A Diesel Locomotive is used for mass transit of passengers and/or cargo.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Diesel locomotives that have internal combustion engines using hydrocarbon fuel are better described as diesel-electric locomotives. Their engines don't drive the wheels directly, instead powering an electric generator. This in turn powers electric motors that are connected to the wheels and are capable of rapidly generating very high levels of torque.

Locomotive Utilization[edit]

Large low-speed internal combustion engines (as used in locomotives and maritime vessels where the overall engine weight is relatively unimportant) can reach high effective efficiencies. As such they remain an important element of infrastructure throughout the TL:4-6 tech epoch.

  • Suitable hydrocarbon fuels with the correct volatility and makeup are typically obtained from refined fossil sources, produced from carbonaceous materials including organics, or extracted from planetary atmospheres and surfaces. They are widely available and relatively cheap.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A large, heavy Terran-style diesel locomotive, used to haul passengers and freight.
    Heavy Freight Loco.jpg

Because of their power and efficiency, diesel locomotives are used to move passengers and large quantities of cargo between widely separated locations. Long freight trains, headed by one or more diesel locomotives and hauling hundreds or even thousands of tons of cargo, remain a common sight across the Imperium.

Image Repository[edit]

A mineral hopper wagon, a tanker and a boxcar, types of rolling stock used to haul different varieties of goods and freight.
Rolling Stock 01 16 July 2019a.jpg

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The diesel engine is named for Rudolf Diesel, a scientist and engineer of pre-spaceflight Terra.

Diesel engine is something of a misnomer: it refers to any variety of large internal combustion engine that utilizes a heavy hydrocarbon fuel and gives a good range per unit of fuel.

Expected Train Development Sequence[edit]

MACRO LEVEL: TL:1-9 (Train):

MACRO LEVEL: TL:10-18 (Train):

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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