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PROTO 2000 NYC FB1 DIESEL ENGINE HO SCALE
PROTO 2000 NYC FB1 DIESEL ENGINE HO SCALE
$64.40
Vintage 1980s AHM HO Scale US ARMY TRAIN SET W TANKS ARTILLERY CAR ENGINE ETC
Vintage 1980s AHM HO Scale US ARMY TRAIN SET W TANKS ARTILLERY CAR ENGINE ETC
$159.99
Athearn Genesis HO Milw Rd GP38 2 Engine 351 DCC Ready G40520 Brand New
Athearn Genesis HO Milw Rd GP38 2 Engine 351 DCC Ready G40520 Brand New
$100.75
Marklin HO Train Locomotive Diesel Engine DB BR 218 MFX 37764 Never Run
Marklin HO Train Locomotive Diesel Engine DB BR 218 MFX 37764 Never Run
$619.99
Details West HO 453 Air Stand w Hose For Engine  Freight
Details West HO 453 Air Stand w Hose For Engine Freight
$2.05
HO scale background building flat HERCULES ENGINES FRONT FREE SHIPPING
HO scale background building flat HERCULES ENGINES FRONT FREE SHIPPING
$7.99
Tyco HO Scale Engine 5628 w Tank Car 9807 248
Tyco HO Scale Engine 5628 w Tank Car 9807 248
$9.95
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SOUTHERN GP 50 DC DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SOUTHERN GP 50 DC DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE
$39.99
HO ENGINE RIO GRANDE SD 9 DC DCC SOUND BROADWAY LIMITED
HO ENGINE RIO GRANDE SD 9 DC DCC SOUND BROADWAY LIMITED
$225.00
50 X 64 mm Laser Cut Engine Dep Doors HO 4 pcs D 005
50 X 64 mm Laser Cut Engine Dep Doors HO 4 pcs D 005
$10.95
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SOUTHERN PACIFIC F 7 W DCC
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SOUTHERN PACIFIC F 7 W DCC
$89.99
HO SCALE PRIMEX HELJAN CUSTOM BUILT WW2 GERMAN LARGE SIZE 2 STALL ENGINE HOUSE
HO SCALE PRIMEX HELJAN CUSTOM BUILT WW2 GERMAN LARGE SIZE 2 STALL ENGINE HOUSE
$84.99
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Union Pacific F 2 MRC DC Locomotive
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Union Pacific F 2 MRC DC Locomotive
$24.99
0 4 0  0 4 0T Steam engines for Rebuilding Tender lot parts lot JUNKERS C 2
0 4 0 0 4 0T Steam engines for Rebuilding Tender lot parts lot JUNKERS C 2
$24.95
Life Like Branch Line Engine House New
Life Like Branch Line Engine House New
$9.95
Tyco Southern Pacific HO Train Engine
Tyco Southern Pacific HO Train Engine
$9.50
HO Scale POWERED Union Pacific Diesel Engine
HO Scale POWERED Union Pacific Diesel Engine
$13.99
HO Atlas 999 H2098 Diesel Engine Dash 8 40C CANADIAN NATIONAL RR 2105 url MIB
HO Atlas 999 H2098 Diesel Engine Dash 8 40C CANADIAN NATIONAL RR 2105 url MIB
$114.75
HO P 667 Vintage Bachmann Tank Weight for Diesel F Engines
HO P 667 Vintage Bachmann Tank Weight for Diesel F Engines
$2.99
HO Engine and Cars
HO Engine and Cars
$20.50
Tyco Rio Grande F 7 Dummy Engine  2nd of Two Listed
Tyco Rio Grande F 7 Dummy Engine 2nd of Two Listed
$20.00
Amtrak train w 12 pcs Engine and 10 cargo cars and Track Cleaner Caboose
Amtrak train w 12 pcs Engine and 10 cargo cars and Track Cleaner Caboose
$49.99
ho athern amtrax deisel engine LONGER THAN ATHERN PA1
ho athern amtrax deisel engine LONGER THAN ATHERN PA1
$29.99
HO SCALE LIFE LIKE SANTA FE ELECTRIC TRAIN SET1power Engine  cars only no track
HO SCALE LIFE LIKE SANTA FE ELECTRIC TRAIN SET1power Engine cars only no track
$21.78
Athearn HO Train GP9 Powered Engine Great Northern 3157
Athearn HO Train GP9 Powered Engine Great Northern 3157
$124.99
Athearn HO Train Engine Set F7 Super Power A Dummy B CSX 3044 3243
Athearn HO Train Engine Set F7 Super Power A Dummy B CSX 3044 3243
$159.99
Athearn HO Train Engine Set F7 Powered A Dummy B CP Rail 3038 3137
Athearn HO Train Engine Set F7 Powered A Dummy B CP Rail 3038 3137
$159.99
Beautifully weathered Logging Shay Steam Engine custom painted HO scale lot 7
Beautifully weathered Logging Shay Steam Engine custom painted HO scale lot 7
$265.00
Ho Scale Model Steam Engine Cal Scale MDL NI 264 Non Lifting Injector
Ho Scale Model Steam Engine Cal Scale MDL NI 264 Non Lifting Injector
$4.99
HO STEAM ENGINE SANTA FE 2 8 8 2 BENCH TESTED OILED HOOK HORN COUPLER
HO STEAM ENGINE SANTA FE 2 8 8 2 BENCH TESTED OILED HOOK HORN COUPLER
$175.99
MODEL LOCO ML212 HYBRID BRASS KIT DRB 0 4 0T GERMAN BR9870 TANK STEAM ENGINE
MODEL LOCO ML212 HYBRID BRASS KIT DRB 0 4 0T GERMAN BR9870 TANK STEAM ENGINE
$324.95
HO Custom painted SP Athearn Fairbanks Morse H24 66 engine shell
HO Custom painted SP Athearn Fairbanks Morse H24 66 engine shell
$0.99
HO Scale ATHEARN  Milwaukee Road Diesel Train Engine DUMMY B UNIT
HO Scale ATHEARN Milwaukee Road Diesel Train Engine DUMMY B UNIT
$12.99
HO SCALE MODEL TRAIN CARS ENGINE AND COAL CAR 15 + PIECES
HO SCALE MODEL TRAIN CARS ENGINE AND COAL CAR 15 + PIECES
$31.50
Life Like Santa Fe SF 3500 Diesel Locomotive Engine HO Scale
Life Like Santa Fe SF 3500 Diesel Locomotive Engine HO Scale
$7.99
Logging Train Climax Steam Engine with 7 cars custom weathered DCC lot AA
Logging Train Climax Steam Engine with 7 cars custom weathered DCC lot AA
$395.00
Vintage 1968 Atlas TWIN ENGINE HOUSE kit 774 HO scale in orig box EXC
Vintage 1968 Atlas TWIN ENGINE HOUSE kit 774 HO scale in orig box EXC
$19.99
Bachmann HO Union Pacific Railroad Engine 866 Cars Caboose
Bachmann HO Union Pacific Railroad Engine 866 Cars Caboose
$39.99
On30 Logging Steam Engine DCC onboard custom weathered painted lot B
On30 Logging Steam Engine DCC onboard custom weathered painted lot B
$255.00
Precision Craft RDG T1 Steam Engine  Tender w Sound American Freedom Train RD1
Precision Craft RDG T1 Steam Engine Tender w Sound American Freedom Train RD1
$250.00
ATLAS U34CH ERIE LACKAWANNA 3364 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
ATLAS U34CH ERIE LACKAWANNA 3364 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
$54.95
ATLAS U36C CLINCHFIELD 3606 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
ATLAS U36C CLINCHFIELD 3606 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
$49.95
ATLAS ALCO S 2 GRAND TRUNK 8099 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
ATLAS ALCO S 2 GRAND TRUNK 8099 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
$49.95
ATLAS GE U 23B MILWAUKEE ROAD 5004 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
ATLAS GE U 23B MILWAUKEE ROAD 5004 HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE
$54.95
HO scale Varney frame for a 2 8 0 steam engine
HO scale Varney frame for a 2 8 0 steam engine
$4.99
ho scale riverossi steam engine parts box junk lot
ho scale riverossi steam engine parts box junk lot
$16.00
HO Scale Steam Engine Detail Parts Never Mounted
HO Scale Steam Engine Detail Parts Never Mounted
$11.95
Lionel Learning Curve Misc Train Cars Engines And Track No Box Holiday
Lionel Learning Curve Misc Train Cars Engines And Track No Box Holiday
$14.99
1 HO USRA Light 2 10 2 Local DCC unleaded NIB Steam Engine lot 6
1 HO USRA Light 2 10 2 Local DCC unleaded NIB Steam Engine lot 6
$169.00
HO STEAM ENGINE VINTAGE 2 8 0 SOUTHERN OLD LADY FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
HO STEAM ENGINE VINTAGE 2 8 0 SOUTHERN OLD LADY FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
$64.99
Lot of 2 Grandt Line HO 5084 Engine House Stack Set 2 18 1 9
Lot of 2 Grandt Line HO 5084 Engine House Stack Set 2 18 1 9
$4.99
HO Diesel Engine GP60 ATHEARN NORFOLK SOUTHERN Powered 7150 Model Railroad
HO Diesel Engine GP60 ATHEARN NORFOLK SOUTHERN Powered 7150 Model Railroad
$39.99
American Model Builders HO 107 250HP Stationary Steam Engine Building Kit
American Model Builders HO 107 250HP Stationary Steam Engine Building Kit
$19.25
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Steam Locomotive Tender Southern
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Steam Locomotive Tender Southern
$24.99
Vintage HO AHM Chicago  Northwestern Streamliners Diesel Engine Austria EXC
Vintage HO AHM Chicago Northwestern Streamliners Diesel Engine Austria EXC
$19.99
HO STEAM ENGINE VINTAGE MARKLIN 2 10 0 OPERATING SMOKE HEADLIGHT
HO STEAM ENGINE VINTAGE MARKLIN 2 10 0 OPERATING SMOKE HEADLIGHT
$187.99
Bachmann HO Scale Santa Fe  307 Train Engine  Cars
Bachmann HO Scale Santa Fe 307 Train Engine Cars
$11.52
HO Scale Engine Building Pola from estate
HO Scale Engine Building Pola from estate
$3.99
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Engine House Kit by Muir Models NOS
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Engine House Kit by Muir Models NOS
$14.99
LIONEL HO GREAT NORTHERN 5401  ALCO ENGINE EXCELLENT
LIONEL HO GREAT NORTHERN 5401 ALCO ENGINE EXCELLENT
$29.95
H2 HO SCALE BACHMANN RED NOSED DIESEL SANTA FE ENGINE RUNS EXCELLENT
H2 HO SCALE BACHMANN RED NOSED DIESEL SANTA FE ENGINE RUNS EXCELLENT
$9.99
Vintage Mantua BOOSTER 0 4 0 cast metal steam engine metal kit in orig box HO
Vintage Mantua BOOSTER 0 4 0 cast metal steam engine metal kit in orig box HO
$19.99
HO Rivarossi NP 0 8 0 Engine for parts or restore
HO Rivarossi NP 0 8 0 Engine for parts or restore
$21.50
1 87 HO SCALE ATHEARN F7 B ENGINE SHELLS UNDEC CNW JUNKYARD PARTS LOT
1 87 HO SCALE ATHEARN F7 B ENGINE SHELLS UNDEC CNW JUNKYARD PARTS LOT
$9.50
Bachmann HO Scale Union Pacific Diesel Engine Loco  Caboose Combo MIB
Bachmann HO Scale Union Pacific Diesel Engine Loco Caboose Combo MIB
$24.95
Lionel Diesel Engine Switcher Southern  5514 HO Gauge
Lionel Diesel Engine Switcher Southern 5514 HO Gauge
$6.95
Bachmann HO Scale Union Pacific Diesel Engine Loco  Caboose MIB
Bachmann HO Scale Union Pacific Diesel Engine Loco Caboose MIB
$24.95
HO Spectrum Steam Engine 4 4 0 Maine Central MEC American
HO Spectrum Steam Engine 4 4 0 Maine Central MEC American
$46.55
AHN tempo deisel reading railroad model train engine HO scale
AHN tempo deisel reading railroad model train engine HO scale
$9.99
Vintage replacement motor for engine locomotive runs great Lot A
Vintage replacement motor for engine locomotive runs great Lot A
$9.99
Vintage replacement motor for engine locomotive runs great exc condition Lot B
Vintage replacement motor for engine locomotive runs great exc condition Lot B
$9.99
Huge HO Train Set Lot Bachman and Made in Yugoslavia set Engine Track Caboose
Huge HO Train Set Lot Bachman and Made in Yugoslavia set Engine Track Caboose
$31.00
Tyco HO Scale Train ALCO C 630 GOLDEN EAGLE SUPER DIESEL ENGINE LOCOMOTIVE SHELL
Tyco HO Scale Train ALCO C 630 GOLDEN EAGLE SUPER DIESEL ENGINE LOCOMOTIVE SHELL
$14.99
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SANTA FE SD 40 LOCOMOTIVE DCC EQUIP
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SANTA FE SD 40 LOCOMOTIVE DCC EQUIP
$64.99
Bachmann Trains H O Thomas the Tank Engine Henry the Green Engine 58745
Bachmann Trains H O Thomas the Tank Engine Henry the Green Engine 58745
$83.30
Weathered Climax Logging Engine 3 track beautiful custom painted DCC lot 7
Weathered Climax Logging Engine 3 track beautiful custom painted DCC lot 7
$275.00
On30 Logging Steam Engine DCC onboard custom weathered painted lotB
On30 Logging Steam Engine DCC onboard custom weathered painted lotB
$255.00
Bachmann Trains H O Thomas the Tank Engine Emily 58748
Bachmann Trains H O Thomas the Tank Engine Emily 58748
$75.60
NJ HO BRASS GREAT NORTHERN 2 8 2 DOUBLE PANTOGRAPH ENGINE  501133
NJ HO BRASS GREAT NORTHERN 2 8 2 DOUBLE PANTOGRAPH ENGINE 501133
$159.50
SUNSET HO BRASS SHORT TENDER FOR ENGINE IN BOX  501131
SUNSET HO BRASS SHORT TENDER FOR ENGINE IN BOX 501131
$28.05
ALCO HO BRASS PRR 106 0 1C ENGINE UNPAINTED   501123
ALCO HO BRASS PRR 106 0 1C ENGINE UNPAINTED 501123
$132.00
ALCO HO BRASS PRR ELECTRIC L 6 ENGINE IN BOX   501122
ALCO HO BRASS PRR ELECTRIC L 6 ENGINE IN BOX 501122
$153.49
LMB HO BRASS GN PACIFIC ENGINE IN BOX   501121
LMB HO BRASS GN PACIFIC ENGINE IN BOX 501121
$82.49
SUYDAM HO BRASS 1010 NORTHERN ELECTRIC ENGINE  501116
SUYDAM HO BRASS 1010 NORTHERN ELECTRIC ENGINE 501116
$63.00
SUDAM HO BRASS STEEPLE CAB MOTOR ENGINE 501100
SUDAM HO BRASS STEEPLE CAB MOTOR ENGINE 501100
$103.63
TENSHODO HO BRASS CNW ATLANTIC 4 4 2 ENGINE  TENDER IN BOX   501086
TENSHODO HO BRASS CNW ATLANTIC 4 4 2 ENGINE TENDER IN BOX 501086
$107.50
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO GREAT NORTHERN TUNNEL ELECTRIC ENGINE EL 304   501084
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO GREAT NORTHERN TUNNEL ELECTRIC ENGINE EL 304 501084
$104.43
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO ORION NYC S 3 ENGINE   501083
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO ORION NYC S 3 ENGINE 501083
$205.05
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO GREAT NORTHERN CASCADE TUNNEL ENGINE IN BOX   501082
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO GREAT NORTHERN CASCADE TUNNEL ENGINE IN BOX 501082
$110.00
NICKEL PLATE BRASS HO SOUTH SHORE CUSTOM PAINTED ENGINE   501081
NICKEL PLATE BRASS HO SOUTH SHORE CUSTOM PAINTED ENGINE 501081
$200.00
NICKEL PLATE BRASS HO GREAT NORTHERN Z 1 ENGINE IN BOX   501080
NICKEL PLATE BRASS HO GREAT NORTHERN Z 1 ENGINE IN BOX 501080
$274.00
NICKEL PLATE BRASS HO NEW YORK ONTARIO WESTERN 2 8 0 ENGINE TENDER IN BOX 501079
NICKEL PLATE BRASS HO NEW YORK ONTARIO WESTERN 2 8 0 ENGINE TENDER IN BOX 501079
$260.55
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO NYC P 2 ENGINE  501078
NJ CUSTOM BRASS HO NYC P 2 ENGINE 501078
$191.50
HO SCALE NEW WARM WHITE LED UPGRADE HEADLIGHTS 4 TRAINS ENGINE KIT
HO SCALE NEW WARM WHITE LED UPGRADE HEADLIGHTS 4 TRAINS ENGINE KIT
$29.00
Great Northern GP 9 engine dummy combo
Great Northern GP 9 engine dummy combo
$39.99
Illinois Central ICRR 4 6 0 Steam Engine HO Brass Casey Jones Runs Great No Box
Illinois Central ICRR 4 6 0 Steam Engine HO Brass Casey Jones Runs Great No Box
$119.00
Bachmann lot of Great Northern engines
Bachmann lot of Great Northern engines
$250.00
BTS 27502 Laser cut wood Single stall switcher shed Engine house kit NEW
BTS 27502 Laser cut wood Single stall switcher shed Engine house kit NEW
$24.99
4 HO Details West MW451 Men At Work Signs Engine  Car Service Repair areas
4 HO Details West MW451 Men At Work Signs Engine Car Service Repair areas
$4.99



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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