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Old 11-08-2008, 08:35   #16
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I think you have that exactly reversed. Its advantages are in variable speed situations because the electric motor has a constant powerband whereas a diesel peaks at certian RPMs and is very bad at low RPMs.
The people at Siemens would argue differently.
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Old 30-03-2009, 08:54   #17
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diesel electric

I am not familiar with freighters but I do know that pretty much every locomotive you see rolling down the tracks is a diesel electric. My understanding is that there is significant efficiency to be had by not having a transmission, and a wide constant power band.
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