Diesel-Electric Locmotives - How They Work, Use Energy, and Can Become More Efficient and Enviornmentally Sustainable shows us as we explore how diesel-electric locomotives actually work and penetrate the hush-hush world of locomotive fuel economy and energy efficiency. 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.
• Discover how every energy producing or consuming component of diesel-electric locomotives works, including the diesel engine, alternator/rectifier, inverters, traction motors, braking systems, auxiliary energy systems, head-end power, aerodynamics, and emissions controls.
"Walter Simpson’s book provides a valuable look at the energy and climate impacts and opportunities of rail, an often overlooked part of the transportation system. With transportation now accounting the largest share of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, decarbonizing transportation is essential to stabilizing the climate, and this means the whole transportation sector, not just the cars we drive, but also the trucks, trains and ships that move our goods. This book offers an in depth look at the performance and possibilities for railroad locomotives and examines clean energy options from electricity to biofuels to hydrogen that will appeal to train lovers and energy nerds alike."
"After 50 years of steady incremental improvement, the efficient and durable diesel-electric locomotive was taken for granted until mandated emissions reductions required significant changes. The details and complexities of locomotive propulsion systems, how they use energy, and impact the environment are clearly explained in Walter Simpson’s book which should prove interesting and educational to a wide audience – from rail buffs wanting to know more about the inners workings of their passion to anyone working on transportation policy. Professional railroaders could also benefit from this well-researched nuts-and-bolts book."
"Walter Simpson has written a well-researched, beautifully illustrated book on diesel-electric locomotives that should appeal to environmental advocates and policymakers as well as professional railroaders. The author removes the veil on the secret world of locomotive fuel economy and lays out strategies for further reducing the fuel use in these already relatively efficient machines. Unique to Walter’s locomotive analysis is his insistence that efficiency and cleaner technologies and energy sources are critically important because of accelerating climate change caused by burning fossil fuels."
“Here at last is a publication that addresses the technical side of diesel electric locomotives yet one that explains the many details of these marvelous electro-mechanical machines in language a lay person can understand. And all this written from the unique perspective of energy conservation, one of the true hall marks of North American railroading.”
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Diesel-Electric Locmotives - How They Work, Use Energy, and Can Become More Efficient and Enviornmentally Sustainableis presented in an easy-to-understand format with full color pictures and graphs. Softcover, 11”x8.5”, 220 pages. Published in 2018. Include $10.78 for S&H in the US. for single copy - contact us for multiple copies and for S&H outside US.
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