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Developments were pursued from the late 1970s onwards to enable locomotives to operate on steep gradients. Rubber-tyred locomotives were developed which, owing to increased wheel/rail adhesion in comparison with steel-tyred locomotives, were permitted to operate on gradients up to 10%. In parallel with the development of rubber-tyred locomotives, the rack and pinion principle, as applied on mountain railways, was also being developed for underground use. Many of the advantages of diesel power would be removed by the use of electric drives, with their decrease in pollution, low noise, high reliability, and low maintenance requirements. Furthermore, modern battery and electric drive technology holds out the prospect of increased performance. Accordingly, it was proposed to examine the feasibility of a battery-driven rack locomotive.

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Authors: CURRIE J, British Coal Corporation, Cheltenham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17187 EN (1997) 68pp., FS, ECU 11.50
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9392-3
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