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how dose a train engine work?

what i need to know is how a train engine work like the difference between how an electric train engine works and a diesel train engine works. And is there a school I could go to to learn this type of thing. Thank you.

Mark makes some good points.

Properly called a "diesel electric" loco, the diesel engine, called the "prime mover" turns a large alternator producing electricity. That electricity is fed to the traction motors hung from the axles of the drive wheels, which through a pinion on the motor and ring gear on the wheel causes the wheels to rotate.

The ratio between the ring and pinion determines the locomotive's top speed. The mos common ratio for freight locomotives is 62:15, yielding a top speed of 72 mph. Passenger locomotives are geared much higher. They can't pull as much tonnage, but their top speed is 80+ and up to 125 mph for traction operations in the Northeast commute corridors.

For a long time, diesel electric locos used Direct Current (DC) to power the traction motors. So it was necessary to have banks of rectifiers to convert the Alternating Current (AC) into DC to power the traction motors. Today, some traction motors do run on AC, so the rectifiers, which were inefficient are no longer needed for this new technology. There are many other benefits as well with regard to AC loco performance. I can sum it up in one word: Awesome.

Electric locomotives, usually referred to simply as "traction," get their power from overhead wires, the "catenary," which is brought to the locomotive through the "pantograph" on the top of the engine. Others run on what is referred to in the US as the "third rail." although many electrified locos utilize four rails. Two on which the trains runs, and two that supply the power.

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