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Steam Turbine Locomotive by gunslinger87 Steam Turbine Locomotive by gunslinger87
This is a concept I'm seriously trying to develop.

This is a Steam Turbine Electric Locomotive, the idea is to comletely remove the Desiel part of the equation. And replace it with steam.

Back during the late 1940's into the early 60's Railroads have exparimented with Turbine locomotives with only moderate success. It was proven that Turbine engines have higher horse power and performance, but couldn't withstand the constant pounding and abuse on the rails like their traditonal "Sid Rod" counter parts.

Even the smallest dirt and grim tore their workings to shreds. This is mainly because, I believe, a lack of technology and understanding of materials.

Today we have descovered new ways and techniques to engineer new and stronger, more durable materials. The turbine locomotives of the yesteryear I think were just too far ahead of their time. Now we can produce a turbine locomotive that not only can perform but endure what traditional locomotives do!

The oporation of my design is fairly simple. Like most steam locomotives it uses the concept of boiling water. The boiler in my design is a bit different, its a water tube type. That means that instead of having a large amount of water surounding smaller tubes of hot air, its the other way around.
The water would be in small tubes and hot air would suround them. Since there is "less" water to heat, it takes a shorter amount of time to produce the necessary amount of steam.

Then the steam is piped to a Turbine genorator, the steam spins a series of fan blades that produce electricity. The electric power is then sent to electric motors which in turn power the wheels. This is for a system that burns some type of fuel. I want my design to burn a clean feul such as Hydrogen or Ethenol. I'm not sure which to choose, which ever one is the cleaner burning one.

Another method of oporating this loco could possibly make it a "Fireless Cooker". Aka, an engine that doesn't burn anything! This idea functions like so. Take note of the large battery bank, it can provide power to an internal heating unit which can heat the water to produce steam, then the process is virtually the same as above. But this time not only does the genorator provide power to the wheels but also puts a "trickle charge" into the batteries. Essentialy its a self sustaining system.

Sorry for this being so long to read, in any case though, I hope you guys like it!!! :D

Oh, and please do leave comments!!! :D
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Steammechanic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Artist
It's a good start.this idea has been considered and plans created,but it was deemed to costly to run and repair
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Yes... back in the 1950s and 60s. But back then this was brand new tech. And that was the main reason behind the extreme cost. Today the tech and materials are more advanced. So I believe that this concept should be reconsidered. 

Most of the "Green Goats", hybrid yard and road switchers, are simply converted from diesel electric switchers. Everything below the "deck/frame" of the engine is the same as on any other engine. The prime mover was replaced with a massive battery bank and small diesel gen-set to provide a trickle charge into the batteries when needed.

In a similar way I think converting a diesel electric locomotive to a steam turbine electric could be done in the same or similar manner. Which would cut back the overall cost of designing an all new locomotive. Which was what was being done when Steam turbines were being experimented with.
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Steammechanic Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Actually there was another attempt in the 80's and 90's. You'd have to wiki it as I forgot what it was called
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Really? I'll certainly have to look that up! Though I do know of one Steam Turbine locomotive in operation. It's preserved on a railway museum somewhere in Switzerland.
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Steammechanic Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Artist
Yes I've heard of that one
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
There's a video of it in operation on youtube. Pretty cool actually!
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Steammechanic Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Artist
Yeah it is
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jawn Henry after NS rebuilds. I LIKE IT!
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Much Obliged!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ho and it reminds me of [link] [link] [link] :)
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