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A locomotive with a diesel engine driving an electric generator which supplies electric power to traction motors for propelling the vehicle. Also known as diesel locomotive.



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DIESEL ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION

Electric power generation in which the generator is driven by a diesel engine.

ELECTRIC POWER SUBSTATION

An assembly of equipment in an electric power system through which electric energy is passed for transmission, transformation, distribution, or switching. Also known as substation.

ELECTRIC POWER METER

A device that measures electric power consumed, either at an instant, as in a wattmeter, or averaged over a time interval, as in a demand meter. Also known as power meter.

PLANT FACTOR

The ratio of the average power load of an electric power plant to its rated capacity. Also known as capacity factor.

MAIN

  1. One of the conductors extending from the service switch, generator bus, or converter bus to the main distribution center in interior wiring. 2. See power transmission line. 3. A duct or pipe that supplies or drains ancillary branches.

DEMAND METER

Any of several types of instruments used to determine a customer's maximum demand for electric power over an appreciable time interval; generally used for billing industrial users.

ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION

Process of transferring electric energy from one point to another in an electric power system.

ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE

A locomotive operated by electric power picked up from a system of continuous overhead wires, or, sometimes, from a third rail mounted alongside the track.

PARACENTRIC

Pertaining to a key and keyway with longitudinal ribs and grooves that project beyond the center, as used in pin-tumbler to another in an electric network over multiple paths, in accordance with Kirchhoff's laws. 2. In particular, the flow of electric current through electric power systems over paths other than the contractual path.

DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION

Conversion of thermal or chemical energy into electric power by means of direct-power generators.

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