SODIUM SULPHUR BATTERIES FOR RAIL TRACTION

British Railways' plans for main line electrification are now well under way; the West Coast main line has been extended to Glasgow, and electrification of the East Coast route is planned. Because of the high capital cost of lineside equipment however, it seems likely that many of the less intensively used lines will not be electrified. These lines could continue to be operated by diesel traction; but work in the Research and Development Division at Derby has shown that battery traction could be a viable alternative to diesel if a lightweight battery could be developed. This paper describes some of the problems encountered and the progress made.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented to the Tenth Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, August 18-22, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    British Railways Board Research Department

    Electrical Research Division
    Derby,   England 
  • Authors:
    • SUDWORTH, J L
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 5 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134598
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1976 12:00AM