SOLID-FUEL RAILROADING IN THE '80S?

A two-unit, coal-fired reciprocating steam locomotive for unrestricted service has been proposed by a fledgling firm, American Coal Enterprises, as motive power which could take advantage of the widening gap between per-BTU costs of coal and diesel fuel. While the compound engine consists of conventional components, the steam generating unit, condenser and fuel-supply concepts would differ substantially from traditional practices and produce a thermal efficiency of up to 15 percent, more than double that of America's final steam locomotives. Promoters are seeking funding for a complete design and a prototype.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1980-10-13

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 36-37
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  • Accession Number: 00322905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM