By the end of 1972, Kansas City Southern will have 11 sets of remote locomotive control equipment installed in its units. Synchronous power to the rear permits slashing drawbar and knuckle failures 50% compared with all power at the head end. Location of rear consists must be varied depending on loading, train length, and weather. With remote control locomotives in the train, there is a reduction in slack action, faster charging of the brake pipe at terminals, an improvement in starting, and a reduction in sticking brakes. Since braking response is improved, train speeds can be increased. Splitting power reduces the potential for derailing long cars, and reduces wheel and flange wear. The characteristics of handling short trains are imparted to the longest. Heavier trains can be moved over the ruling grades.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    P.O. Box 350
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1972-12

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 28-29
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00041129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Railway System Controls
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 23 1976 12:00AM