Have you heard of the Hybrid on Rails? ~the train of the future!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Gaming4JC, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. Gaming4JC

    Gaming4JC New Member

    Hello All,
    In popular mechanics magazine January 2006 issue they talked all about cool train ideas for the future, they already have it underway!

    Trains of the future plan to have lots of new gadgets
    check it out here's the issue in the magazine

    I found it interesting hope you do too

  2. Hunkiedoo

    Hunkiedoo Member

    Loco Shop Photo in Popular Mechanics

    Re the cool picture of the locomotive shop at the top of the Popular Mechanics article. Looks impressive until you realize that they just placed a mirror behind two unpainted locos in the background to make it look like more.:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
  3. Joepomp

    Joepomp Member

    Popular Mechanics! I am still waiting to get to work in that hovercraft they said everyone would have by 1970.
  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Isn't the diesel-electric locomotive the original "hybrid"?
  5. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Precisely...although it isn't quite the same. A hybrid uses a gasoline engine connected to a generator to charge a bank of batteries, which powers an electric motor--I think in a diesel-electric the diesel/generator runs directly to the electrics, so you have to rev up the diesel to rev up the electrics. The secret to hybrid efficiency is that the engine normally runs at a constant rate, and is optimized to run at a specific charging RPM, rather than accelerating and decelerating all the time (which wastes power.)

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