SPRAGUE ON AN ELECTRICAL REVOLUTION IN URBAN TRANSPORTATION

In this classic paper presented by Frank J. Sprague before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) in June 1888, and reprinted from AIEE Transactions, vol 5, the Sprague traction system employing dc motors is presented. The economic, sanitary, and safety features of the systems are stressed. The system is suggested for the transportation needs of New York City. The comparative economy and the relative advantages of existing use of horses and the proposed methods of electric traction are compared. Three plans are discussed: the storage battery, the conduit and the single electric wire system with underneath contact on the car. The distribution parallel circuit system is also considered.

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  • Pagination: p. 174-195
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 72
    • Issue Number: 2

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  • Accession Number: 00387569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM