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Harry Valentine, Transportation Researcher. firstname.lastname@example.org writes (2nd March 2001):
"I've received some e-mail communication from people who read your website ..... and advised me that steam-turbine-electric locomotives are unworkable: They did me the courtesy of pointing out the technical and economic failures of the American steam-turbine-electrics built by GE & also by Baldwin-Westinghouse.
1)Efficiency:the old s-t-e locos had single main turbines, mounted lengthwise (susceptible to fore-aft shocks when coupling in marshalling yards).
2)Coal dust and dripping water used to foul DC electrical gear, including the main generator as well as the traction motors (the commutators were vulnerable).
3)Electrical control gear will be fouled by coal dust.
4)Steam turbine electric locomotives are not feasible.
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