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NickeI Plate Products CBQ Burlington Pioneer Zephyr engine  2 car set
NickeI Plate Products CBQ Burlington Pioneer Zephyr engine 2 car set
$219.95
5 TRAINS ENGINE BM 10056 NS 168528 GREY CARRIER PENNSYLVANIA 15723 PARTS
5 TRAINS ENGINE BM 10056 NS 168528 GREY CARRIER PENNSYLVANIA 15723 PARTS
$9.50
TYCO HO Union Pacific Diesel Locomotive Engine and Caboose Train Very Nice
TYCO HO Union Pacific Diesel Locomotive Engine and Caboose Train Very Nice
$24.99
UNION PACIFIC FA 1 A B A ENGINE SET
UNION PACIFIC FA 1 A B A ENGINE SET
$65.00
LARGE H O SCALE TRAIN LOT BACHMANNE Z TRACK POWERED ENGINES CARS ECT
LARGE H O SCALE TRAIN LOT BACHMANNE Z TRACK POWERED ENGINES CARS ECT
$45.50
HO SCALE CANADIAN PACIFIC Two Engines No 4108 And 4107
HO SCALE CANADIAN PACIFIC Two Engines No 4108 And 4107
$49.99
spectrum BALTIMORE AND OHIO powered engine
spectrum BALTIMORE AND OHIO powered engine
$18.50
athearn southern pacific F7B dummy engine daylight paint scheme
athearn southern pacific F7B dummy engine daylight paint scheme
$10.50
model power SANTA FE F7A dummy engine
model power SANTA FE F7A dummy engine
$9.50
athearn powered F7B engine
athearn powered F7B engine
$16.50
parts or repair lot of engines
parts or repair lot of engines
$15.50
athearn THE MILWAUKEE ROAD F7B dummy engine
athearn THE MILWAUKEE ROAD F7B dummy engine
$10.50
parts or repair lot of engines
parts or repair lot of engines
$21.50
spectrum FAMILY LINES SYSTEM 70 ton switch engine
spectrum FAMILY LINES SYSTEM 70 ton switch engine
$25.50
athearn BURLINGTON GP powered engine
athearn BURLINGTON GP powered engine
$15.50
athearn undecorated powered engine
athearn undecorated powered engine
$16.50
athearn BALTIMORE AND OHIO powered engine
athearn BALTIMORE AND OHIO powered engine
$15.50
model power AMTRAK F7A LIGHTED DUMMY ENGINE
model power AMTRAK F7A LIGHTED DUMMY ENGINE
$10.50
athearn southern pacific SDP40 dummy engine
athearn southern pacific SDP40 dummy engine
$10.50
athearn ready to run CSX SD 60 powered engine
athearn ready to run CSX SD 60 powered engine
$55.50
athearn O S powered engine
athearn O S powered engine
$16.50
athearn C P RAIL F7A powered engine
athearn C P RAIL F7A powered engine
$16.50
athearn ERIE LACKAWANN GP 35 powered engine
athearn ERIE LACKAWANN GP 35 powered engine
$18.50
athearn PENNSYLVANIA PB1 dummy engine
athearn PENNSYLVANIA PB1 dummy engine
$10.50
AHM SOUTHERN READING LINES dummy engines
AHM SOUTHERN READING LINES dummy engines
$12.50
athearn dummy engines
athearn dummy engines
$12.50
athearn ready to run CSX GP 40 2powered engine
athearn ready to run CSX GP 40 2powered engine
$45.50
Vintage United PFM Solid Brass Sierra RR Train Locamotive Steam Engine 2 6 6 2
Vintage United PFM Solid Brass Sierra RR Train Locamotive Steam Engine 2 6 6 2
$500.00
Bachmann Grey Pennsylvania Lines Switcher Engine
Bachmann Grey Pennsylvania Lines Switcher Engine
$7.99
Bachmann Engine Chessie Systems F9 Diesel Engine
Bachmann Engine Chessie Systems F9 Diesel Engine
$9.29
Bachmann Reading Lines Switcher Engine
Bachmann Reading Lines Switcher Engine
$6.99
TWO Vintage HO Diesel Engines Model Power AHM Union Pacific Chessie Used
TWO Vintage HO Diesel Engines Model Power AHM Union Pacific Chessie Used
$48.88
Handmade Vintage Antique Old Train Locomotive model caboose Iron metal Decor Diy
Handmade Vintage Antique Old Train Locomotive model caboose Iron metal Decor Diy
$159.99
HO GAUGE TRAIN ENGINE WALTHERSSANTA FEHEAVY DUTYNO 2092
HO GAUGE TRAIN ENGINE WALTHERSSANTA FEHEAVY DUTYNO 2092
$14.95
HO SCALE TRAIN LOCOMOTIVEMANTUA TYCO SANTA FE ENGINENO 4015GREEN YELLOW
HO SCALE TRAIN LOCOMOTIVEMANTUA TYCO SANTA FE ENGINENO 4015GREEN YELLOW
$9.50
Roco HO DC Electric Engine BR 132 04145A w Box Runs Nicely Clean
Roco HO DC Electric Engine BR 132 04145A w Box Runs Nicely Clean
$135.00
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale CHESAPEAKE  OHIO 8015 Diesel Engine Locomotive
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale CHESAPEAKE OHIO 8015 Diesel Engine Locomotive
$19.99
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale BURLINGTON ROUTE Diesel Engine Locomotive
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale BURLINGTON ROUTE Diesel Engine Locomotive
$19.99
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale CN 6536 Diesel Engine Locomotive
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale CN 6536 Diesel Engine Locomotive
$19.99
1970s Tyco Burlington 135 Engine HO Scale
1970s Tyco Burlington 135 Engine HO Scale
$10.00
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale PENN CENTRAL 9451 Diesel Engine Locomotive
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale PENN CENTRAL 9451 Diesel Engine Locomotive
$19.99
HO scale Train Engine Caboose and 4 assorted Cars
HO scale Train Engine Caboose and 4 assorted Cars
$14.99
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2L ENGINE  9615 NO SOUND  G40549 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2L ENGINE 9615 NO SOUND G40549 NIB
$151.99
ATHEARN 1 87 HO DAKOTA MINNESOTA  EASTERN SD40 2 ENGINE  6362 ITEM  98228 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO DAKOTA MINNESOTA EASTERN SD40 2 ENGINE 6362 ITEM 98228 NIB
$128.24
ATHEARN 1 87 HO UNION PACIFIC  FAST FORTY  SD40 2 ENGINE  8008  98242 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO UNION PACIFIC FAST FORTY SD40 2 ENGINE 8008 98242 NIB
$118.74
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2 ENGINE  9649 NO SOUND  G40551 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2 ENGINE 9649 NO SOUND G40551 NIB
$151.99
ATHEARN 1 87 HO UNION PACIFIC  FAST FORTY  SD40 2 ENGINE  8021  98243 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO UNION PACIFIC FAST FORTY SD40 2 ENGINE 8021 98243 NIB
$118.74
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2W ENGINE  9638 NO SOUND  G40550 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2W ENGINE 9638 NO SOUND G40550 NIB
$151.99
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2L ENGINE  9601 NO SOUND  G40548 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2L ENGINE 9601 NO SOUND G40548 NIB
$151.99
CO HO Scale 2 8 4 Steam Engine for parts only
CO HO Scale 2 8 4 Steam Engine for parts only
$53.00
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2W ENGINE  9666 NO SOUND  G40552 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO CANADIAN NATIONAL GP40 2W ENGINE 9666 NO SOUND G40552 NIB
$151.99
MTH 1 87 HO SCALE SD70ACE  THE KATY  DIESEL ENGINE  9374 ITEM 80 2070 0
MTH 1 87 HO SCALE SD70ACE THE KATY DIESEL ENGINE 9374 ITEM 80 2070 0
$223.24
ATHEARN 1 87 HO Canadian Pacific SD40 ENGINE  5547  89808 NIB
ATHEARN 1 87 HO Canadian Pacific SD40 ENGINE 5547 89808 NIB
$118.74
ATHEARN GENESIS 1 87 HO CANADIAN PACIFIC MP15 AC ENGINE  1428 ITEM G66054 NIB
ATHEARN GENESIS 1 87 HO CANADIAN PACIFIC MP15 AC ENGINE 1428 ITEM G66054 NIB
$142.49
Bachmann HO Scale Electric Train Sante Fe 307 Engine
Bachmann HO Scale Electric Train Sante Fe 307 Engine
$13.99
HO Model Power Steam Engine Kit 0 6 0 USED C 1 Junk Parts only
HO Model Power Steam Engine Kit 0 6 0 USED C 1 Junk Parts only
$6.49
LOWER  LK AHM HO 0 6 0 Locomotive Engine  Tender New Jersey
LOWER LK AHM HO 0 6 0 Locomotive Engine Tender New Jersey
$39.95
Life Like Trains Powered Locomotive HO Scale Santa Fe Engine train
Life Like Trains Powered Locomotive HO Scale Santa Fe Engine train
$18.00
gutzold ho diesel engine DR BLS swiss 346 325 4 Rangierlokomotive shunting
gutzold ho diesel engine DR BLS swiss 346 325 4 Rangierlokomotive shunting
$95.00
Lot of 5 HO scale Dummy Engines
Lot of 5 HO scale Dummy Engines
$29.99
Bachmann Santa Fe Engine
Bachmann Santa Fe Engine
$9.99
Life Like Engine Union Pacific Item 8246 F 40  205 23
Life Like Engine Union Pacific Item 8246 F 40 205 23
$50.00
HO Atkinson Engine Facility Building Kit Pikestuff Item 541 5007 NIFP
HO Atkinson Engine Facility Building Kit Pikestuff Item 541 5007 NIFP
$26.09
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE MILWAUKEE ROAD GP 40 DCC LOCOMOTIVE
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE MILWAUKEE ROAD GP 40 DCC LOCOMOTIVE
$76.30
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Canadian National F2 MRC Locomotive
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Canadian National F2 MRC Locomotive
$24.99
Lot of 2 Union pacific DUMMY engines
Lot of 2 Union pacific DUMMY engines
$6.00
HO scale lot of PARTS ENGINES  BODIES
HO scale lot of PARTS ENGINES BODIES
$10.00
Western Pacific HO scale powered engine
Western Pacific HO scale powered engine
$10.00
HO Scale Plastic Fire Engine and Bus for train layout
HO Scale Plastic Fire Engine and Bus for train layout
$5.99
NIB Bachmann HO Smokey Mountain steam engine complete ready to run train set
NIB Bachmann HO Smokey Mountain steam engine complete ready to run train set
$145.00
Athearn HO Scale Southern Pacific 6 Daylight Passenger Cars 1 6441 Engine
Athearn HO Scale Southern Pacific 6 Daylight Passenger Cars 1 6441 Engine
$99.99
HO SCALE Lot 3 Athearn Engines 5352 2286 3702
HO SCALE Lot 3 Athearn Engines 5352 2286 3702
$49.95
Athearn HO Scale Train SW 1500 Powered BNSF Diesel Engine 3943
Athearn HO Scale Train SW 1500 Powered BNSF Diesel Engine 3943
$139.99
Mantua EASTWOOD SHORTLINE RR Engine w 5 Cars MIB
Mantua EASTWOOD SHORTLINE RR Engine w 5 Cars MIB
$54.95
HO Atlas 999 H2098 Diesel Engine Dash 8 40C CANADIAN NATIONAL RR 2125 url MIB
HO Atlas 999 H2098 Diesel Engine Dash 8 40C CANADIAN NATIONAL RR 2125 url MIB
$135.00
HO CUSTOM Athearn Repaint SD 45 2XR Diesel Engine CLLX 6169
HO CUSTOM Athearn Repaint SD 45 2XR Diesel Engine CLLX 6169
$110.00
HO HTF RARE CUSTOM Athearn Diesel Engine Dash 9 44CW CINNABAR RR 54 DCC
HO HTF RARE CUSTOM Athearn Diesel Engine Dash 9 44CW CINNABAR RR 54 DCC
$110.00
HO Athearn RTR SD 40 2 Diesel Engine POWERED Repaint Undecorated
HO Athearn RTR SD 40 2 Diesel Engine POWERED Repaint Undecorated
$79.99
37 2901 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose BNSF Engine NIB
37 2901 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose BNSF Engine NIB
$125.00
37 2902 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose BNSF Engine NIB
37 2902 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose BNSF Engine NIB
$125.00
37 2905 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose CP Rail Engine NIB
37 2905 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose CP Rail Engine NIB
$125.00
37 2906 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose CP Rail Engine NIB
37 2906 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose CP Rail Engine NIB
$125.00
37 2907 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose ATSF Engine NIB
37 2907 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose ATSF Engine NIB
$125.00
37 2908 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose ATSF Engine NIB
37 2908 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose ATSF Engine NIB
$125.00
37 2909 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose Union Pacific Engine NIB
37 2909 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose Union Pacific Engine NIB
$125.00
37 2910 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose Union Pacific Engine NIB
37 2910 Kato HO Scale SD40 2 Snoot Nose Union Pacific Engine NIB
$125.00
Vintage Bachmann Spectrum PENNSYLVANIA 9325 Scale train engine black engineer
Vintage Bachmann Spectrum PENNSYLVANIA 9325 Scale train engine black engineer
$25.00
Mantua HO Scale New York Central Train Engine 3992
Mantua HO Scale New York Central Train Engine 3992
$49.95
HO 9506 PENNSYLVANIA F 3 DIESEL DUMMY A ENGINE  491655
HO 9506 PENNSYLVANIA F 3 DIESEL DUMMY A ENGINE 491655
$6.79
LOT OF 5 HO TRAIN CARS  1 ENGINE FOR PARTS OR RESTORATION
LOT OF 5 HO TRAIN CARS 1 ENGINE FOR PARTS OR RESTORATION
$6.99
Athearn HO Train Engine BN Diesel Locomotive Burlington Northern F7A 3111 NEW
Athearn HO Train Engine BN Diesel Locomotive Burlington Northern F7A 3111 NEW
$34.99
Marklin HO Trains Freight Cars Wagons Tank Engine Hopper Caboose used
Marklin HO Trains Freight Cars Wagons Tank Engine Hopper Caboose used
$125.00
ASH PIT 1pc ROUNDHOUSE Engine shed YORKE Scale Model Masterpieces HO HOn3 187
ASH PIT 1pc ROUNDHOUSE Engine shed YORKE Scale Model Masterpieces HO HOn3 187
$11.89
Lionel HO 1959 through 1964 Diesel Engine Box insert Repro
Lionel HO 1959 through 1964 Diesel Engine Box insert Repro
$3.00
HO ScaleATLAS Yellow BoxNEW YORK CENTRAL Diesel Engine  NICE
HO ScaleATLAS Yellow BoxNEW YORK CENTRAL Diesel Engine NICE
$39.95
Lionel HO 1958 Diesel Engine box insert Repro
Lionel HO 1958 Diesel Engine box insert Repro
$3.00
HO ATHEARN SEABOARD COAST LINE No  U 30 B DIESEL ENGINE SHELL HANDRAILS OB
HO ATHEARN SEABOARD COAST LINE No U 30 B DIESEL ENGINE SHELL HANDRAILS OB
$16.95
HO ScaleATLAS Yellow Box SANTA FE S 4 Diesel Engine  NICE  RD 1526
HO ScaleATLAS Yellow Box SANTA FE S 4 Diesel Engine NICE RD 1526
$39.95
LIFE LIKE ENGINE AND TENDER HO SCALE
LIFE LIKE ENGINE AND TENDER HO SCALE
$25.00



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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