Economic Aspects of Advanced Coal-Fired Gas Turbine Locomotives PUBLIC ACCESS

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S. G. Liddle, B. B. Bonzo, B. C. Houser

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Paper No. 83-GT-241, pp. V002T04A008; 6 pages
  • ASME 1983 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, March 27–31, 1983
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7952-8
  • Copyright © 1983 by ASME


While the gas turbine is not new to the railroads, there are none in freight service at this time. Increases in fuel prices, particularly Diesel No. 2, and advances in turbine technology have made it necessary to re-examine the use of gas turbine locomotives. A recently completed study by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Department of Energy has shown that a coal-fired locomotive is attractive from the fuel supply, fuel cost, and overall economic standpoints. The turbine technology appears to be adequate, but the use of coal in turbines appears to be the key problem. Advances in coal technology in the last ten years indicates that a clean, efficient coal-fired gas turbine electric locomotive is technically feasible.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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