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Vintage MDC Circus 0 6 0T Steam Switcher engine kit Barnum  Bailey C 8 0b
Vintage MDC Circus 0 6 0T Steam Switcher engine kit Barnum Bailey C 8 0b
$29.95
Smokey Valley HO 130 Truck Parts Engine Truck Brak
Smokey Valley HO 130 Truck Parts Engine Truck Brak
$2.99
Vintage MDC Circus 0 6 0 Steam engine  Tender kit Barnum  Bailey C 8 0b
Vintage MDC Circus 0 6 0 Steam engine Tender kit Barnum Bailey C 8 0b
$29.95
HO EC1 Union Pacific Engine tested and runs lights up
HO EC1 Union Pacific Engine tested and runs lights up
$9.99
HO SCALE ALLOY FORMS H 2030 1948 FORD CONVERTIBLE COMPLETE W ENGINE METAL KIT
HO SCALE ALLOY FORMS H 2030 1948 FORD CONVERTIBLE COMPLETE W ENGINE METAL KIT
$15.67
Athearn 92019 LA City Fire Dept Fire Truck Engine 106 Ford C Cab HO
Athearn 92019 LA City Fire Dept Fire Truck Engine 106 Ford C Cab HO
$59.99
Vintage TYCO HO SANTA FE FREIGHT Train 14 Piece Set Rail Cars Extras No Engine
Vintage TYCO HO SANTA FE FREIGHT Train 14 Piece Set Rail Cars Extras No Engine
$50.00
Bachmann Train Set 2 Engines  Lots of Extras
Bachmann Train Set 2 Engines Lots of Extras
$75.00
NIB HO WALTHERS TRAINLINE UNION PACIFIC 289 GP9M ENGINE 931 102 DISCONTINUED
NIB HO WALTHERS TRAINLINE UNION PACIFIC 289 GP9M ENGINE 931 102 DISCONTINUED
$24.99
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale Southern 27 Diesel Engine Locomotive NICE
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale Southern 27 Diesel Engine Locomotive NICE
$20.00
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE SOUTHERN SWITCHER
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE SOUTHERN SWITCHER
$17.99
PIKO ELEKTROLOK 1116 ENGINE EPV GRIECHENLAND
PIKO ELEKTROLOK 1116 ENGINE EPV GRIECHENLAND
$90.00
Penn Line K 4 Pacific Engine
Penn Line K 4 Pacific Engine
$40.00
Bachmann HO Union Pacific Train Locomotive Engine 866 gold w red letters
Bachmann HO Union Pacific Train Locomotive Engine 866 gold w red letters
$25.00
11403 Auhagen HO Kit of a Two road engine shed BRAND NEW
11403 Auhagen HO Kit of a Two road engine shed BRAND NEW
$42.99
2 American Flyer HO Engines and Tenders NYC 5318  PENN 155
2 American Flyer HO Engines and Tenders NYC 5318 PENN 155
$61.00
PLASTIC FIRE ENGINE FROM BIGGER KIT HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN BUILDINGS
PLASTIC FIRE ENGINE FROM BIGGER KIT HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN BUILDINGS
$3.00
Life Like HO Scale Burlington Northern Diesel Engine 9790 NEW OLD STOCK 15 O925
Life Like HO Scale Burlington Northern Diesel Engine 9790 NEW OLD STOCK 15 O925
$4.00
AHM HO Scale Santa Fe Engine  Caboose Lot
AHM HO Scale Santa Fe Engine Caboose Lot
$19.95
HOSHELLSILVER STREAK 4301PARTSTRAINLOCOMOTIVERESTORETOYSENGINEDEISEL
HOSHELLSILVER STREAK 4301PARTSTRAINLOCOMOTIVERESTORETOYSENGINEDEISEL
$6.99
Marx HO Scale Green  Yellow Yard Engine 10 Look  33 O925
Marx HO Scale Green Yellow Yard Engine 10 Look 33 O925
$4.59
ATHEARN HO SCALE CHICAGO NORTHWESTERN GP 9 POWERED DIESEL ENGINE ROAD 1652
ATHEARN HO SCALE CHICAGO NORTHWESTERN GP 9 POWERED DIESEL ENGINE ROAD 1652
$24.99
ATLAS HO SCALE SOO LINE F7A POWERED DIESEL ENGINE ROAD 501A
ATLAS HO SCALE SOO LINE F7A POWERED DIESEL ENGINE ROAD 501A
$29.99
ATHEARN HO SCALE CANADIAN NATIONAL F7A POWERED DIESEL ENGINE ROAD 9140
ATHEARN HO SCALE CANADIAN NATIONAL F7A POWERED DIESEL ENGINE ROAD 9140
$24.99
Tyco HO Scale Pennsylvania Steam Engine Look Nice  51 O925
Tyco HO Scale Pennsylvania Steam Engine Look Nice 51 O925
$4.20
Ho Santa Fe Engine
Ho Santa Fe Engine
$15.00
BACHMAN HO Lot Engine Track Power Pack Cars Great Working Condition On Sale
BACHMAN HO Lot Engine Track Power Pack Cars Great Working Condition On Sale
$74.99
HO Scale Bachmann Red  Chrome Santa Fe Lighted Diesel Engine Plus Cars NEW
HO Scale Bachmann Red Chrome Santa Fe Lighted Diesel Engine Plus Cars NEW
$29.95
HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE NEW YORK CENTRAL 1930S STREAMLINER PASSENGER TRAIN
HO SCALE DIESEL ENGINE NEW YORK CENTRAL 1930S STREAMLINER PASSENGER TRAIN
$69.50
Vintage Tyco HO Alco Century Lighted Spirit of 76 Engine and 8 Wheel Caboose
Vintage Tyco HO Alco Century Lighted Spirit of 76 Engine and 8 Wheel Caboose
$24.99
Lionel Engine Burlington Northern 181 HO Scale Green White Black
Lionel Engine Burlington Northern 181 HO Scale Green White Black
$7.99
Mantua 301 100 Booster Engine
Mantua 301 100 Booster Engine
$40.00
BACHMANN HO NORFOLK SOUTHERN NS FRIEGHT SET COMPLETE W F7 ENGINE
BACHMANN HO NORFOLK SOUTHERN NS FRIEGHT SET COMPLETE W F7 ENGINE
$94.95
Vintage Diamond Scale Const Engine Terminal Brass 2 track Coaling Tower
Vintage Diamond Scale Const Engine Terminal Brass 2 track Coaling Tower
$27.55
LOT OF TEN 10 TRAINS ENGINE CARGO  CABOOSE TRAINS
LOT OF TEN 10 TRAINS ENGINE CARGO CABOOSE TRAINS
$14.99
NCE ENGINE DECODER VERSION 35 FOR PROTO 2000 SW8 SW9 SW1200 LOT C HO SCALE
NCE ENGINE DECODER VERSION 35 FOR PROTO 2000 SW8 SW9 SW1200 LOT C HO SCALE
$20.49
NCE ENGINE DECODER VERSION 35 FOR PROTO 2000 SW8 SW9 SW1200 LOT B HO SCALE
NCE ENGINE DECODER VERSION 35 FOR PROTO 2000 SW8 SW9 SW1200 LOT B HO SCALE
$19.99
NCE ENGINE DECODER VERSION 35 FOR PROTO 2000 SW8 SW9 SW1200 LOT A HO SCALE
NCE ENGINE DECODER VERSION 35 FOR PROTO 2000 SW8 SW9 SW1200 LOT A HO SCALE
$19.99
HO SCALE LIONEL BURLINGTON NORTHERN GP30 POWERED LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE
HO SCALE LIONEL BURLINGTON NORTHERN GP30 POWERED LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE
$11.95
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale Delaware  Hudson Diesel Engine Locomotive
Tyco Mantua Vintage HO Scale Delaware Hudson Diesel Engine Locomotive
$20.00
HO Train Engine Southern Pacific
HO Train Engine Southern Pacific
$20.50
HO Scale TYCO Trains Two Engines 574 General Electric Spirit of 76 Burlington
HO Scale TYCO Trains Two Engines 574 General Electric Spirit of 76 Burlington
$24.00
HO SCALE TYCO 0 8 0 CHATTANOOGA POWERED STEAM LOCOMOTIVE AND TENDER ENGINE
HO SCALE TYCO 0 8 0 CHATTANOOGA POWERED STEAM LOCOMOTIVE AND TENDER ENGINE
$15.95
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE CANADIAN NATIONAL SD 40 LOCOMOTIVE
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE CANADIAN NATIONAL SD 40 LOCOMOTIVE
$44.99
New AHM Ho Scale Northern Pacific Fp 45 Dummy Engine 5150 Ed Np
New AHM Ho Scale Northern Pacific Fp 45 Dummy Engine 5150 Ed Np
$25.00
1 11 Jersey Central Lines CNJ HO Scale Decals Steam Engine Numbers 1943 56
1 11 Jersey Central Lines CNJ HO Scale Decals Steam Engine Numbers 1943 56
$10.00
US Army AHM 89001 Engine Locomotive HO Scale Train
US Army AHM 89001 Engine Locomotive HO Scale Train
$29.99
F7 Diesel Frame with engine DC Lights Ready to mount your shell HO
F7 Diesel Frame with engine DC Lights Ready to mount your shell HO
$35.00
Concor Engine E 8 Set Undecorated HO Scale Powered  Unpowered A Unit Nice
Concor Engine E 8 Set Undecorated HO Scale Powered Unpowered A Unit Nice
$79.99
Concor Engine E 8 Set Undecorated HO Scale Powered  Unpowered A Unit
Concor Engine E 8 Set Undecorated HO Scale Powered Unpowered A Unit
$79.99
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7524 Engine
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7524 Engine
$125.00
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC GMO 1938 HO Engine W O Sound  DCC
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC GMO 1938 HO Engine W O Sound DCC
$125.00
bachmann ho scale santa fe lighted engine  307
bachmann ho scale santa fe lighted engine 307
$21.00
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7519 Engine
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7519 Engine
$125.00
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7545 Engine
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7545 Engine
$125.00
HO Scale Trains BACHMANN Old Time Steam Engine Cab ONLY No Loco
HO Scale Trains BACHMANN Old Time Steam Engine Cab ONLY No Loco
$10.00
HO Walthers Union Pacific  Grey  Yellow Diesel Engine FA 1
HO Walthers Union Pacific Grey Yellow Diesel Engine FA 1
$7.50
LIFE LIKE TRAINS HO SCALE THUNDERING RAILS ELECTRIC SET 5 CARS ENGINE
LIFE LIKE TRAINS HO SCALE THUNDERING RAILS ELECTRIC SET 5 CARS ENGINE
$29.99
Bachmann HO Scale Chessie System Train Engine With 7 Other Brands Rail Cars
Bachmann HO Scale Chessie System Train Engine With 7 Other Brands Rail Cars
$7.59
WALTHERS HO CONRAIL Engine 7563 refrigerator car  boxcarVarney sldoor VTG
WALTHERS HO CONRAIL Engine 7563 refrigerator car boxcarVarney sldoor VTG
$45.00
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7522 Engine
Intermountain HO GE ES44DC Norfolk Southern 7522 Engine
$125.00
Bachmann James the Red Engine with moving eyes HO
Bachmann James the Red Engine with moving eyes HO
$56.18
Lot Of 3 Three Union Pacific 1041 AHM Tempo Yugoslavia Toy Train Engine HO Scale
Lot Of 3 Three Union Pacific 1041 AHM Tempo Yugoslavia Toy Train Engine HO Scale
$9.99
HO 187 MEHANO ENGINE TRAIN RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVESANTA FELIGHTEDDAMAGEDRUNS
HO 187 MEHANO ENGINE TRAIN RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVESANTA FELIGHTEDDAMAGEDRUNS
$6.95
HO 187 MANTUA TYCO ENGINE TRAIN RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVEATSF NOT RUNNING
HO 187 MANTUA TYCO ENGINE TRAIN RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVEATSF NOT RUNNING
$4.95
Fleischmann HO 2 6 0 PARR Steam Engine and Tender
Fleischmann HO 2 6 0 PARR Steam Engine and Tender
$49.95
MODEL POWER BURLINGTON NORTHERN 5611 POWERED DIESEL ENGINE HO SCALE
MODEL POWER BURLINGTON NORTHERN 5611 POWERED DIESEL ENGINE HO SCALE
$49.95
AHM Alco GE 1000 HP Train Engine HO Scale SANTA FE 5010E
AHM Alco GE 1000 HP Train Engine HO Scale SANTA FE 5010E
$49.75
Bachmann Bill Engine Thomas  Friends Sodor China Clay Co HO
Bachmann Bill Engine Thomas Friends Sodor China Clay Co HO
$56.82
Bachmann Gordon the Big Express Engine HO scale
Bachmann Gordon the Big Express Engine HO scale
$75.96
2 Santa Fe 3500 Engine HO Train Locomotive
2 Santa Fe 3500 Engine HO Train Locomotive
$9.99
BACHMANN HO DeWITT CLINTON ENGINE  3 COACH CARS WITH BOXES
BACHMANN HO DeWITT CLINTON ENGINE 3 COACH CARS WITH BOXES
$30.30
SANTE FE SD40 2 BROADWAY LIMITED NEW HO ENGINE
SANTE FE SD40 2 BROADWAY LIMITED NEW HO ENGINE
$119.00
HO train Kato Union Pacific NW2 switch engine
HO train Kato Union Pacific NW2 switch engine
$60.00
AHM HO Gauge Chicago 5015 C Northwestern Engine
AHM HO Gauge Chicago 5015 C Northwestern Engine
$20.00
Life Like HO GP38 Union Pacific UP 2047 Diesel Locomotive Engine
Life Like HO GP38 Union Pacific UP 2047 Diesel Locomotive Engine
$24.99
BRASS BALDWIN AKANE STEAM ENGINE IN BOX AS IS ESTATE FIND
BRASS BALDWIN AKANE STEAM ENGINE IN BOX AS IS ESTATE FIND
$202.50
Marklin Train HO Scale DB Class 012 Steam loco 4 6 2 Engine 3310 Never Run
Marklin Train HO Scale DB Class 012 Steam loco 4 6 2 Engine 3310 Never Run
$699.99
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE CSX SD 40 DC LOCOMOTIVE DARK 67018
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE CSX SD 40 DC LOCOMOTIVE DARK 67018
$44.99
Roco Minitanks 862 Unimog TLF1000 Fire Engine 1 87 New In Box
Roco Minitanks 862 Unimog TLF1000 Fire Engine 1 87 New In Box
$19.00
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE MILWAUKEE ROAD GP 40 DCC EQUIPPED
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE MILWAUKEE ROAD GP 40 DCC EQUIPPED
$49.99
Bachmann Henry the Green Engine HO
Bachmann Henry the Green Engine HO
$75.96
Parts lot Frames 6 ENGINES SHELLS 14 ENGINES UNTESTED N SCALE
Parts lot Frames 6 ENGINES SHELLS 14 ENGINES UNTESTED N SCALE
$27.00
Athearn Genesis 2 8 2 Mikado Steam Engine Cab
Athearn Genesis 2 8 2 Mikado Steam Engine Cab
$5.00
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SOUTHERN GP 50 DC LOCOMOTIVE 61205
HO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD TRAINS LAYOUT ENGINE SOUTHERN GP 50 DC LOCOMOTIVE 61205
$34.99
Bachmann Santa Fe SF 6067 Diesel Locomotive Engine HO Scale
Bachmann Santa Fe SF 6067 Diesel Locomotive Engine HO Scale
$9.99
Lot Of 6 AMH HO Engines In Original Boxes ESTATE FIND
Lot Of 6 AMH HO Engines In Original Boxes ESTATE FIND
$129.99
excellent C 7 Marklin 1955 Elektric Engine E 3024 1835 HO Modeltrain 497
excellent C 7 Marklin 1955 Elektric Engine E 3024 1835 HO Modeltrain 497
$249.00
BACHMANN CNR ENGINE AND WAGON HO  A
BACHMANN CNR ENGINE AND WAGON HO A
$19.99
LOT OF FIVE 5 TRAINS 4 ENGINES  AN OPERATING FLOODLIGHT CAR
LOT OF FIVE 5 TRAINS 4 ENGINES AN OPERATING FLOODLIGHT CAR
$29.99
BACHMANN CNR ENGINE AND WAGON HO  B
BACHMANN CNR ENGINE AND WAGON HO B
$17.99
CO Chesapeake and Ohio 2 6 6 6Allegheny Articulated Steam enginemint
CO Chesapeake and Ohio 2 6 6 6Allegheny Articulated Steam enginemint
$325.00
HO Bachmann 2 8 2 Mikado Engine
HO Bachmann 2 8 2 Mikado Engine
$10.50
17 VINTAGE TYCO TRAIN ENGINES CARS + AN AHEARN PULLMAN LIONEL BOXCAR
17 VINTAGE TYCO TRAIN ENGINES CARS + AN AHEARN PULLMAN LIONEL BOXCAR
$74.95
HO Walthers Cornerstone 2 Stall Engine House Model Building Structure Kit
HO Walthers Cornerstone 2 Stall Engine House Model Building Structure Kit
$16.50
Proto 2000 HO Scale POWERED GP20 Conrail Diesel Engine 8128 NIB
Proto 2000 HO Scale POWERED GP20 Conrail Diesel Engine 8128 NIB
$75.99
Vintage Gulf Mobile  Ohio Train Engine Locomotive  Track Works
Vintage Gulf Mobile Ohio Train Engine Locomotive Track Works
$12.99
HO Model Power 0 4 0 Southern RR Engine
HO Model Power 0 4 0 Southern RR Engine
$9.99
Proto 2000 HO Scale POWERED FA2 Pennsylvania PRR Diesel Engine A Unit 8315 NIB
Proto 2000 HO Scale POWERED FA2 Pennsylvania PRR Diesel Engine A Unit 8315 NIB
$49.99



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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