Technology and economics of railway electrification, signaling and automatic train operation are covered briefly. Railway electrification, whether achieved with electric locomotives relying on central-station power supply or with diesel-electric locomotives carrying their own generating equipment, is explained. Uses of alternating and direct current on both types of motive power is considered. Details are given for catenary and third-rail power delivery, locomotive rectifiers, controls, and traction motors.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This article appeared in the Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, Eleventh Edition.
  • Corporate Authors:

    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

    330 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY  United States  10036
  • Authors:
    • Houser, F N
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 23-64

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188056
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM