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Db Br(electric Locos)no Onboard Power?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SHINO BAZ, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. SHINO BAZ

    SHINO BAZ Active Member

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    Don't any of the locos used in the german loco line up have any onboard power to drive without the constant overhead wire needs?If they did a deseil might not be needed right away,It would seem a real issuse if the power went down and left wire dependent,electic loco pulled trains stranded in dangerous areas.I mean these are large locos so they should have a bit of space for some sort of onboard power storage for at least limited use.
     
  2. Tomas9970

    Tomas9970 Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately none of the German electric engines have a backup source of power. Having a battery large enough to power a train engine for a reasonable amount of time would require a lot of space.
    I mean it would need to hold about 4MW (4000 kW) to power the engine for an hour (depends on the engine), while a car battery can hold about 40 kW. Now you can probably guess how big it would it need to be.
     
  3. Rail Master

    Rail Master Active Member

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    These are rare cases. If the electricity is off, the emergency brake button is pressed. No DB locomotive has this storage because the DB relies on its security systems.
     

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