MLW Industries has delivered a single low profile diesel electric locomotive for use with the prototype coach previously built for Canada's Light Rapid Comfortable passenger train project. The active suspension coach has a hydraulic banking system that tilts it as much as 10 degrees on curves. This powered banking is built into the coach trucks to permit speeds 40 percent higher than allowed for regular passenger trains. The LRC is designed to operate with a locomotive at each end. Existing technology is used to the limit. Centrifugal forces are nullified while curves are traversed in the 100 mph speed range. The locomotive have no active suspension, but the center of gravity is kept low by a depressed box underframe. A 12 cylinder model 251 diesel supplies 2900 horsepower. Three phase power supplies all train services. The traction alternator output is rectified for four conventional traction motors. Power for traction at 120 mph is calculated at 2000 horsepower for the five car train. With intercity speeds at an average of over 100 mph, the Montreal-Toronto market could have three and one half hour train schedules.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    P.O. Box 350
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1973-1-8

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 9 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00041317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Railway Age
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 1973 12:00AM