Here's a few shots of Traction Motors on Locomotives.
Traction Motors are built onto the axles of Diesel-Electric locomotives, and receive their power via the main Alternator / Generator connected to the Prime Mover [Diesel Motor].
The Diesel Motor is not directly connected to the locomotive's axles - such as how an Automobile's motor will be somewhat directly connected to the drive axle[s] via the transmission and clutch / Torque Converter.
Instead, the Prime Mover [Diesel Motor] drives an Electric Generator / Alternator, which in turn creates Electrical power for driving the Traction Motors.

This accomplishes a much more secure power transfer method under high torque / high stalled situations - ones where a clutch plate would easilly fry out, or a torque converter would have very little effectiveness.

The first two are on the SD40T-2 "Tunnel Motor" unit, shown in the General Discussion area. I'll post more as they become available.

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Traction Motor on 3rd axle of front truck,

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Close up of same Traction Motor.

posted 11/13/2001

Scott SET

Scott " 35 " Thompson
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