Introduction of solid-state electronics in traction systems is likely to prove the most important advance in motive power during the present decade. The use of thyristors and electronics in general has already produced great improvements in power utilization, making it possible to eliminate power dissipation at start-up and to make fuller use of both traction and adhesion. Automatic regulation of train speeds has also made it possible to use the simpler, more reliable, asynchronous motor more widely. And power for ancillary on-board services, such as air-conditioning and lighting can be taken from the pantograph through static converters.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

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  • Pagination: p. 19-23
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  • Accession Number: 00323226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM