How They Work, Use Energy, and Can Become More Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable
By Walter Simpson.
Softcover, 11x8.5" horizontal format, 220 pages, full color pictures and graphs. 2018.
"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.
"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.
Praise for Diesel-Electric Locomotives: How They Work, Use Energy, and Can Become More Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable
"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." – Don Graab, Retired Vice President-Mechanical, Norfolk Southern