Diesel-Electric Railway Traction

  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman


In the past twenty-five years the diesel-electric locomotive has largely replaced the steam-locomotive in the United States and has gained much ground elsewhere. Diesel-electric traction represents the use of the diesel engine with the petrolelectric system of traction, both of which were invented in the 1890’s. The first experiments with petrol-electric traction were unsuccessful owing to the crudity of the available engines, but in 1903 a system was successfully applied to some railcars of the British North-Eastern Railway. Railcars of this type enjoyed considerable popularity on the continent of Europe and in America before 1914.


Diesel Engine Fluorescent Lamp General Motor Internal Combustion Locomotive Fluorescent Material 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Hamilton, H. L., Diesel Engine Development, 1944.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Foell, Charles F., and Thompson, M. E., Diesel-Electric Locomotive, 1946.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Munger, W. P., Jr., ‘The Development of the Diesel Locomotive in America’, Diesel Power and Diesel Transportation, Nov. 1942.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Berge, Stanley, Self-Propelled Diesel Cars and Multiple-Unit Trains, 1952.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Codrington, George W., Shadows of Two Great Leaders — Rudolph Diesel and Alexander Winton, 1945.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Webster, Harry, Railway Motive Power, 1952.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Heldt, P. M., High-Speed Diesel Engines, 1947.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Allen, O. F., The Modern Diesel, 1947.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Kettering, E. W., History and Development of the 567 General Motors Locomotive Engine, 1951.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Drake, P. E., ‘Gasoline Electric Traction in Europe’, Electrical World, 58, 1911.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    ‘The Sulzer Diesel Engine for Rail Traction’, Sulzer Technical Review, 1947, no. 2, 42.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Franco, I., and Labeyn, P., Internal Combustion Locomotives and Motor Coaches, 1931.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© John Jewkes, David Sawers and Richard Stillerman 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations