Nuclear Locomotives

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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby nessman » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:14 am

Trainman101 wrote:Build a nuclear power plant, buy some electric locomotives, and bingo! A nuclear powered locomotive, its that simple.

Didn't I just say that?

Nessman, back on Dec 13th, wrote:NOW... that said, one viable approach would be the use of electric locomotives with catenary powered by a nuclear power plant which would achieve the same goals, albeit with greater construction costs for the electrical stuff (catenary, nuke plant, etc...).
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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby Trainman101 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:20 am

Yes you did sorry sir.
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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:21 pm

sunsetcc333 wrote:Several countries are very serious about developing nuclear locomotives in their quest for green energy. Brazil and China to name two. The advantages are less pollution, low cost over the long run, lower maintenance and easier to run. The big disadvantage is what happens if there is a collision?

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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby Passenger » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:43 am

Full electrification (nuclear or otherwise) is the way to go if the consideration is "green energy".

That way the source of power can keep getting incrementally "greener" without having to replace locomotives every time something new comes along.
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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby chrisnewhaven » Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:09 pm

Sorry to dredge up an old topic, but this seems to be the most relevant thread.

RPI will be decommissioning the ex-Alco nuclear plant at the end of the spring semester to make way for the casino. We don't know yet if it will be relocated.

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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby Allen Hazen » Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:30 am

Hmmm… Not directly relevant to the "nuclear locomotive" topic (I don't think this reactor was ever intended to be part of r-and-d on THAT … genuine but never seriously pursued? … project, but definitely relevant to Alco history: I'd recommend posting to a NEW string on the Alco forum. If you do, I'll try to figure out what Alco was doing with a reactor in the first place and comment.

(I think a lot of companies in the 1950s and 1960s got involved in a small way with nuclear research: in some cases I suspect it was a p.r. exercise, meant to convince stockholders that management was up-to-date and forward-looking! But an actual reactor would have been expensive for p.r., and Alco WAS marketing some things to the nuclear industry….)
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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby Engineer Spike » Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:52 pm

Nukengineer, it sounds like you have been around my area. I was once involved with a load from the W. Milton site. My wife's uncle was a nuke engineer at KAPL. Her cousin is too. Were you in the group which decommissioned the site in Windsor, CT too?
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Re: Nuclear Locomotives

Postby FLRailFan1 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:09 pm

Trainman101 wrote:Build a nuclear power plant, buy some electric locomotives, and bingo! A nuclear powered locomotive, its that simple.

But NIMBYs wont let you build nuclear...but it would be great if you had nuclear...

Chinese made nuclear locomotives...NO THANKS!!
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