Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive

Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive

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A comprehensive narrative of the development of the American diesel locomotive

The diesel locomotive sent shock waves through rigid corporate cultures and staidgovernment regulators. For some, the new technology promised to be a source of enormous profits; forothers, the railroad industry seemed a threat to their very livelihoods. Evolution of the AmericanDiesel Locomotive introduces the reader to the important technological advances that gave rise todiesel engines, examining not only their impact on locomotive design, but also their impact on theeconomic and social landscapes. J. Parker Lamb describes the development of these technologies,allowing the reader to fully understand how they were integrated and formed a commerciallysuccessful locomotive. Like its companion volume, Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive (IUP,2003), this book emphasizes the role of the leading engineers whose innovations paved the way forcritical breakthroughs. Rail fans will appreciate this authoritative work.



Blackwell North Amer
The full-scale introduction of diesel-powered locomotives into the American railway industry occurred primarily during the fifteen years following World War II. Although this is a relatively short time for such a fundamental change, the actual gestation period of this revolutionary technology had taken much longer. Building on the highly documented segments of this significant sequence of events, J. Parker Lamb's volume provides a comprehensive and coherent narrative of the evolutionary process, one that includes not only the purely technical aspects, but also its economic and social ramifications.
Lamb emphasizes the role of leading engineers whose innovations paved the way for critical breakthroughs. Unlike the steam locomotive evolution that occurred parallel to that of the nation's railway network, the introduction of diesel power represented a revolutionary upheaval for an established sector of the economy and sent shock waves through rigid corporate cultures and staid government regulators. To some it represented the promise of enormous profits from rail operations, while to others it was a disaster that represented the often repeated plight of business enterprises - dealing with the introduction of a labor-saving technology that would have harsh consequences for many of its employees.
With progress on new components occurring simultaneously on several fronts, understanding these precursor (or enabling) technologies is extremely important. In the case of the diesel-electric locomotive, separate developments began early in the twentieth century on three key ingredients. Lamb takes the reader through the development of these three aspects to the level of sophistication that allowed the important process of integrating them into a commercially successful locomotive.

Indiana University Press

The diesel locomotive sent shock waves through rigid corporate cultures and staid government regulators. For some, the new technology promised to be a source of enormous profits; for others, the railroad industry seemed a threat to their very livelihoods. Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive introduces the reader to the important technological advances that gave rise to diesel engines, examining not only their impact on locomotive design, but also their impact on the economic and social landscapes. J. Parker Lamb describes the development of these technologies, allowing the reader to fully understand how they were integrated and formed a commercially successful locomotive. Like its companion volume, Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive (IUP, 2003), this book emphasizes the role of the leading engineers whose innovations paved the way for critical breakthroughs. Rail fans will appreciate this authoritative work.



Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780253348630
0253348633
Characteristics: x, 184 p. : ill. ; 29 cm

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