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HO 1 87 sc MANTUA 2 8 2 Mikado RDG READING  1608 Steam Engine
HO 1 87 sc MANTUA 2 8 2 Mikado RDG READING 1608 Steam Engine
$52.98
Evergreen Hill Designs HO 510 Stationary Cat Engine Kit form
Evergreen Hill Designs HO 510 Stationary Cat Engine Kit form
$15.49
HO Scale Athearn Santa Fe Diesel Train engine  DUMMYNICE
HO Scale Athearn Santa Fe Diesel Train engine DUMMYNICE
$15.00
HO Scale Athearn Santa Fe Diesel Train Engine SD 45 DUMMYNICE  RD 1762
HO Scale Athearn Santa Fe Diesel Train Engine SD 45 DUMMYNICE RD 1762
$15.00
Life Like UNION PACIFIC DIESEL ENGINE LOCOMOTIVE 2007 And Caboose
Life Like UNION PACIFIC DIESEL ENGINE LOCOMOTIVE 2007 And Caboose
$9.99
HO Athearn Detroit Mack B Fire Truck Engine 3  91846 Green White NIP
HO Athearn Detroit Mack B Fire Truck Engine 3 91846 Green White NIP
$35.00
HO Athearn Mack B Fire Truck Fire Rescue Engine No 6  91842 NIP
HO Athearn Mack B Fire Truck Fire Rescue Engine No 6 91842 NIP
$32.00
HO Scale Athearn DD 40RTRGM Demonsrator Diesel Engine  NICE  2 Motors
HO Scale Athearn DD 40RTRGM Demonsrator Diesel Engine NICE 2 Motors
$76.00
Lima Train Engine SNCF HO Scale Diesel Locomotive and two sleeper cars
Lima Train Engine SNCF HO Scale Diesel Locomotive and two sleeper cars
$150.00
HO Scale AHM Milwaukee Road Diesel Train Engine  RD 807 Nice
HO Scale AHM Milwaukee Road Diesel Train Engine RD 807 Nice
$15.00
LOT SET OF 11 VINTAGE TYCO TRAINS W BOXES UNION PACIFIC 537 ENGINE CABOOSE CAR+
LOT SET OF 11 VINTAGE TYCO TRAINS W BOXES UNION PACIFIC 537 ENGINE CABOOSE CAR+
$119.99
Bachmann Santa Fe 307 toy engine
Bachmann Santa Fe 307 toy engine
$16.00
HO Scale AHM Southern Pacific Diesel Train Engines  1 Live
HO Scale AHM Southern Pacific Diesel Train Engines 1 Live
$25.00
Vintage Cox HO Scale Electric Train Engine Burlington Diesel MIB 8 Wheel Contact
Vintage Cox HO Scale Electric Train Engine Burlington Diesel MIB 8 Wheel Contact
$16.25
Vintage Union Pacific Dummie Engine 1467 w Box
Vintage Union Pacific Dummie Engine 1467 w Box
$12.00
HO Scale AHM Milwaukee Road Diesel Train Engines  1 Live  1 DUMMY NICE
HO Scale AHM Milwaukee Road Diesel Train Engines 1 Live 1 DUMMY NICE
$19.95
9 Piece Tyco  Bachmann boxcars gondolas tankers engines and boxcars
9 Piece Tyco Bachmann boxcars gondolas tankers engines and boxcars
$15.00
HO Model Train Passenger Cargo Car Engine Collection Tracking Inventory Software
HO Model Train Passenger Cargo Car Engine Collection Tracking Inventory Software
$19.95
AHM ho Union Pacific Train Engine
AHM ho Union Pacific Train Engine
$13.00
AHM ho Train Engine
AHM ho Train Engine
$14.00
9 Piece Tyco  Bachmann boxcars gondolas tankers engines and boxcars
9 Piece Tyco Bachmann boxcars gondolas tankers engines and boxcars
$20.00
Tyco HO Train Lot Engine Caboose Piggyback Gondola Hopper Power Pack Loader
Tyco HO Train Lot Engine Caboose Piggyback Gondola Hopper Power Pack Loader
$16.99
HO GT Grand Trunk 5808 Locomotive Engine Blue Orange
HO GT Grand Trunk 5808 Locomotive Engine Blue Orange
$29.99
Mehano 58586 H0 Diesel Engine Class 77 Captrain Digital For 3 Ladder
Mehano 58586 H0 Diesel Engine Class 77 Captrain Digital For 3 Ladder
$259.97
TYCO HO SCALE SANTA FE ENGINE WITH TRANSFORMER
TYCO HO SCALE SANTA FE ENGINE WITH TRANSFORMER
$16.99
Athearn HO scale Train Engine Fly Wheel Drive F 7a CP Rail 1404
Athearn HO scale Train Engine Fly Wheel Drive F 7a CP Rail 1404
$35.00
INDUSTRIAL ENGINE HOUSE ROUNDHOUSE 27 PANE 8pcs Grandt Line TICHY HOn3 HOn30
INDUSTRIAL ENGINE HOUSE ROUNDHOUSE 27 PANE 8pcs Grandt Line TICHY HOn3 HOn30
$3.89
HO scale Train Bachmann Diesel Engine CSX Line 6825
HO scale Train Bachmann Diesel Engine CSX Line 6825
$18.00
Bachmann HO Train locomotive and HO dummy engine Best offers accepted
Bachmann HO Train locomotive and HO dummy engine Best offers accepted
$19.00
Athearn HO F7A Pennsylvania R LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE Great Condition
Athearn HO F7A Pennsylvania R LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE Great Condition
$39.95
2 HO scale steam engine boiler fronts Cary Heavy Pacific  Roundhouse Climax Z3
2 HO scale steam engine boiler fronts Cary Heavy Pacific Roundhouse Climax Z3
$4.99
Bachmann union pacifc up 1206 diesel locomotive train engine
Bachmann union pacifc up 1206 diesel locomotive train engine
$19.99
LIFE LIKE HO SCALE SANTA FE 3500 LOT OF 2 DIESEL ENGINES 1 IS A DUMMY
LIFE LIKE HO SCALE SANTA FE 3500 LOT OF 2 DIESEL ENGINES 1 IS A DUMMY
$27.99
HAWTHORNE Village PHILADELPHIA EAGLES HO LOCOMOTIVE Engine BACHMANN COA EMD F7A
HAWTHORNE Village PHILADELPHIA EAGLES HO LOCOMOTIVE Engine BACHMANN COA EMD F7A
$49.99
BOWSER READING ALCO C 630 DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE engine 5309 item 23674 SALE
BOWSER READING ALCO C 630 DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE engine 5309 item 23674 SALE
$99.99
HO Bachmann U36B Locomotive Engine Union Pacific Lower Start Price
HO Bachmann U36B Locomotive Engine Union Pacific Lower Start Price
$41.95
BACHMANN HO SCALE TRAIN SET LOT ENGINE CABOOSE 7 CARS TRESTLE TRANSFORMER NEW
BACHMANN HO SCALE TRAIN SET LOT ENGINE CABOOSE 7 CARS TRESTLE TRANSFORMER NEW
$59.95
LIFE LIKE HO SCALE LIFE LIKE CHESSIE SYSTEM DIESEL ENGINE EXCELLENT CONDITION
LIFE LIKE HO SCALE LIFE LIKE CHESSIE SYSTEM DIESEL ENGINE EXCELLENT CONDITION
$9.99
HO TRAIN ENGINE
HO TRAIN ENGINE
$69.00
COBBLESTONE CORNERS RAILWAYS STEAM ENGINE TRAIN SET BATTERY HO IN ORIGINAL PACK
COBBLESTONE CORNERS RAILWAYS STEAM ENGINE TRAIN SET BATTERY HO IN ORIGINAL PACK
$14.99
Lionel No 249 Engine WIth Coal Car for 027 Gauge Track
Lionel No 249 Engine WIth Coal Car for 027 Gauge Track
$189.99
MARKLIN Mrklin DIESEL ENGINE V200027 ALL METAL SCALE HO
MARKLIN Mrklin DIESEL ENGINE V200027 ALL METAL SCALE HO
$26.00
NEW  HO Faller TWO ENGINE TRAIN ENGINE SHED Building Kit  120165
NEW HO Faller TWO ENGINE TRAIN ENGINE SHED Building Kit 120165
$68.50
Accurate Lighting forward only lighting kit for stream engines
Accurate Lighting forward only lighting kit for stream engines
$1.99
MARKLIN Mrklin DIESEL ENGINE V200060 ALL METAL SCALE HO
MARKLIN Mrklin DIESEL ENGINE V200060 ALL METAL SCALE HO
$26.00
Life Like Deluxe Southern Pacific Engine With Cacoose Ho Scale
Life Like Deluxe Southern Pacific Engine With Cacoose Ho Scale
$29.99
HO SCALE LOT OF 3 USED TRAIN ENGINES PLAYART AHM
HO SCALE LOT OF 3 USED TRAIN ENGINES PLAYART AHM
$8.00
4 x EMD Diesel Engine Shells Amtrak 106 UP1467 2 x Santa Fe See Desc
4 x EMD Diesel Engine Shells Amtrak 106 UP1467 2 x Santa Fe See Desc
$7.96
HOn3 P 27 Precision Scale Co Brass Steam Engine Cab Support
HOn3 P 27 Precision Scale Co Brass Steam Engine Cab Support
$3.50
Vintage Lionel Ho Engine House
Vintage Lionel Ho Engine House
$40.00
KITMASTER ROSEBUD HARROW SCHOOLS CLASS PLASTIC OO HO SCALE MODEL ENGINE BOXED
KITMASTER ROSEBUD HARROW SCHOOLS CLASS PLASTIC OO HO SCALE MODEL ENGINE BOXED
$6.00
Overland OMI AA 5858 3 Brazil VALE ES58ACi Diesel Engine 2005 F P ONLY 22 PICS
Overland OMI AA 5858 3 Brazil VALE ES58ACi Diesel Engine 2005 F P ONLY 22 PICS
$950.00
Van Hobbies VH Canadian Pacific CPR 4 4 4 F 1a Jubilee Steam Engine Painted
Van Hobbies VH Canadian Pacific CPR 4 4 4 F 1a Jubilee Steam Engine Painted
$450.00
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE BNSF GP 40 DCC EQUIPPED LOCOMOTIVE
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE BNSF GP 40 DCC EQUIPPED LOCOMOTIVE
$49.99
Fleischmann ICE T Engines 4460 4 Cars 4461 4462 4464 4465  6 Light Kits New
Fleischmann ICE T Engines 4460 4 Cars 4461 4462 4464 4465 6 Light Kits New
$455.00
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE UNION PACIFIC GP 40 DC LOCOMOTIVE
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE UNION PACIFIC GP 40 DC LOCOMOTIVE
$39.99
HO Bachmann Seaboard Air Line SAL FT B DC DCC powered engine
HO Bachmann Seaboard Air Line SAL FT B DC DCC powered engine
$34.99
BACHMANN 0 6 0 STEAM ENGINE AND SLOPE TENDER SANTE FE RUNS WELL LOCOMOTIVE
BACHMANN 0 6 0 STEAM ENGINE AND SLOPE TENDER SANTE FE RUNS WELL LOCOMOTIVE
$11.99
HO Scale Bachmann Engine Locomotive EMD F 9 307 Completely Serviced
HO Scale Bachmann Engine Locomotive EMD F 9 307 Completely Serviced
$40.00
Set of MODEL POWER AMTRAK HO TRAIN CARS Engine 2 Boxcar Caboose Track
Set of MODEL POWER AMTRAK HO TRAIN CARS Engine 2 Boxcar Caboose Track
$28.00
AHM Rivarossi 4 8 4 FEF 3 836 Union Pacific Steam Engine  Centepede Tender
AHM Rivarossi 4 8 4 FEF 3 836 Union Pacific Steam Engine Centepede Tender
$150.00
Vintage Penn Line new old stock 4 metal trucks for engines
Vintage Penn Line new old stock 4 metal trucks for engines
$7.99
Vintage Penn Line new old stock 6 plastic trucks for F7A engines
Vintage Penn Line new old stock 6 plastic trucks for F7A engines
$10.00
Vintage Penn Linenew old stock 10 brass electricral pickups for F7 engines
Vintage Penn Linenew old stock 10 brass electricral pickups for F7 engines
$9.00
Athear F7a powered engine PRR Pennsylvania RR nice details
Athear F7a powered engine PRR Pennsylvania RR nice details
$25.00
SS Ltd HO 9119 Gould 1890s Steam Fire Engine kit
SS Ltd HO 9119 Gould 1890s Steam Fire Engine kit
$32.99
Resin Unlimited 403 Seagrave Sedan Cab Pumper Engine Resin Kit NIP
Resin Unlimited 403 Seagrave Sedan Cab Pumper Engine Resin Kit NIP
$15.50
HO train engines and cars for parts
HO train engines and cars for parts
$21.50
HO Scale Life Like Engine Locomotive EMD F 9 Santa Fe Complerely Serviced
HO Scale Life Like Engine Locomotive EMD F 9 Santa Fe Complerely Serviced
$40.00
PROTO 2000 LEHIGH VALLEY POWERED FA2 ENGINE  586 HO SCALE
PROTO 2000 LEHIGH VALLEY POWERED FA2 ENGINE 586 HO SCALE
$58.50
TCS KAT12 HO DCC Keep Alive Decoder w 2 functions for HO engines NEW
TCS KAT12 HO DCC Keep Alive Decoder w 2 functions for HO engines NEW
$39.95
Prototype Photo CD Guide Engine Facility Volume 2 diesel  steam detail
Prototype Photo CD Guide Engine Facility Volume 2 diesel steam detail
$7.99
HO Scale Life Like Engine Locomotive Very Slightly Used GP 38 Santa Fe 3560
HO Scale Life Like Engine Locomotive Very Slightly Used GP 38 Santa Fe 3560
$40.00
Lot of Vintage Athern HO scale train cars engines
Lot of Vintage Athern HO scale train cars engines
$50.00
HO Scale SD70M 2 Diesel Engine w DCC  Sound EMD 75 MTH 80 2018 1
HO Scale SD70M 2 Diesel Engine w DCC Sound EMD 75 MTH 80 2018 1
$249.95
LIONEL HO  0625 4 6 2 STEAM ENGINE FOR PARTS
LIONEL HO 0625 4 6 2 STEAM ENGINE FOR PARTS
$9.50
model train engine
model train engine
$5.74
HO UP 4 4 0 American Old Time Engine w Tender NIFB by Bachmann 51101
HO UP 4 4 0 American Old Time Engine w Tender NIFB by Bachmann 51101
$138.99
LIFE LIKE CAMPBELLS TRAIN INCLUDES ENGINE SIX CARS AND CABBOOSE VERY NICE
LIFE LIKE CAMPBELLS TRAIN INCLUDES ENGINE SIX CARS AND CABBOOSE VERY NICE
$19.99
Rare Vintage Varney Pennsy F 3 shell w orig liner  box Excpartengineloco
Rare Vintage Varney Pennsy F 3 shell w orig liner box Excpartengineloco
$12.99
Vintage Rail Power UP dash 8 40CW shell Road  9444 NOSExcpartengineloco
Vintage Rail Power UP dash 8 40CW shell Road 9444 NOSExcpartengineloco
$13.99
Vintage Rail Power UP dash 8 40CW shell Road  9382 NOSExcpartengineloco
Vintage Rail Power UP dash 8 40CW shell Road 9382 NOSExcpartengineloco
$13.99
Vintage lot of 3 Athearn SP GP 35 +Undec U30 B shellsExcpartengineloco
Vintage lot of 3 Athearn SP GP 35 +Undec U30 B shellsExcpartengineloco
$13.99
Duncan Locomotive EngineRailway Cute Train Models FREE SHIPIING Yellow OCK
Duncan Locomotive EngineRailway Cute Train Models FREE SHIPIING Yellow OCK
$4.49
Preiser 31276 Magirus Mercur 125A Fire Engine NEW SOLD OUT
Preiser 31276 Magirus Mercur 125A Fire Engine NEW SOLD OUT
$29.99
Model Power metal engine frames and weights
Model Power metal engine frames and weights
$5.00
HO 4 4 2 Chicago North Western engine Steam locomotive CNW MDC Roundhouse RTR
HO 4 4 2 Chicago North Western engine Steam locomotive CNW MDC Roundhouse RTR
$175.95
Preiser 31298 MAN Fire Engine 11192 NEW SOLD OUT
Preiser 31298 MAN Fire Engine 11192 NEW SOLD OUT
$28.99
Atlas HO Scale POWERED S 2 Boston  Maine Diesel Engine 8088 DCC
Atlas HO Scale POWERED S 2 Boston Maine Diesel Engine 8088 DCC
$42.99
Atlas HO Scale POWERED RS 3 Norfolk  Western Kato Powered Diesel Engine 7076
Atlas HO Scale POWERED RS 3 Norfolk Western Kato Powered Diesel Engine 7076
$42.99
HO scale Bachmann boiler for a 4 8 4 steam engine w handrails and pilot
HO scale Bachmann boiler for a 4 8 4 steam engine w handrails and pilot
$10.55
Microscale Decal HO MC 4271 Conrail CR Mini Cal Engine Numbers ONLY for SD
Microscale Decal HO MC 4271 Conrail CR Mini Cal Engine Numbers ONLY for SD
$4.50
Union Pacific 866 Engine HO Scale Train SUPER Condition WITH ORIGINAL BOX
Union Pacific 866 Engine HO Scale Train SUPER Condition WITH ORIGINAL BOX
$12.00
MTH HO TRAIN PENNSYLVANIA GG 1 ELECTRIC ENGINE GREEN 5 STRIPE PS30 80 2149 1
MTH HO TRAIN PENNSYLVANIA GG 1 ELECTRIC ENGINE GREEN 5 STRIPE PS30 80 2149 1
$249.99
HO scale boiler and frame for a Athearn 4 6 2 steam engine PARTS
HO scale boiler and frame for a Athearn 4 6 2 steam engine PARTS
$9.99
MTH HO TRAIN PENNSYLVANIA GG 1 ELECTRIC ENGINE TUSCAN 5 STRIPE PS30 80 2147 1
MTH HO TRAIN PENNSYLVANIA GG 1 ELECTRIC ENGINE TUSCAN 5 STRIPE PS30 80 2147 1
$249.99
BACHMANN Santa Fe engine with 3 cars and lots of EXTRA track
BACHMANN Santa Fe engine with 3 cars and lots of EXTRA track
$40.00
ATHEARN UNION PACIFIC DIESEL ENGINE BOX CAR HO TRAIN WGP 60 99 DENVER Safety
ATHEARN UNION PACIFIC DIESEL ENGINE BOX CAR HO TRAIN WGP 60 99 DENVER Safety
$79.99
HO Train Vintage Athearn PRR Fairbanks Morris Engine Shell
HO Train Vintage Athearn PRR Fairbanks Morris Engine Shell
$1.99



Why are train diesel engines kept running?

I'm spending quite some time in Spain every year and in my region they have a lot of diesel powered trains.

Of course the trains have some rest time at end stations, from half an hour and sometimes up to a few hours. I wonder why they not only leave the engines running during this time but often running at high revs.

It seems like a total waste of fuel and very unfriendly to the environment. Also these trains produce a lot of noise in the station.

Anyone know why this is done? (And i mean know, not speculate. Don't need help for that. :-) ).

GE units have a four stroke prime mover and neither the two or four strokers I am familiar with run anti-freeze. The green or purple tint seen in the water in the sight glass is actually a dye that reacts when a black light is shined on them. These tests are used to detect leaks or cracks during some regular service intervals.

Fuel was cheap, and constant starting and stopping the prime mover really promoted metal fatigue and consequent expensive engine failure. Most newer locos have a two speed idle that automatically compensates for temperature changes, idling slower when warmer, faster during freezing conditions.

Most outside terminals (no round house forces) have a red light that lights automatically if the temperature is expected to drop below 40 degrees F. At all other times, then engines are to be shut down if being left unattended for more than one hour. With anywhere between 4200 to 5000 gal US fuel tanks, it costs a few bucks to fill one.

Even if burning 4 gallons per hour at slow idle, and you are running four or five thousand locomotives (or more) at any given time, the cash outlay for idling engines becomes quite considerable.

When I left the service in 2000, fuel conservation practices in place at the time dictated that even if stuck in a siding for a considerable length of time as informed by the train dispatcher, the lead locomotive was left running to hold the air while all others in the consist were to be shut down.

It has gotten to the point where train handling practices are being compromised for the sake of fuel savings.



"90 class" heavy haul locomotives on coal train in NSW - Pacific National



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