Motor Age Volume 6

Motor Age Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... the automobile fire engine. One of the youngest of these allied vehicles, so far as actual practice is concerned, is the automobile street car or the automobile railway car, but nevertheless it comprehends a possibility that is almost unlimited. Among those who are working on the problem of adapting the hydro-carbon motor to lailway ears in order to provide self propelled cars independent of all exterior elements except the rails on which they run and which would have thereby obvious advantages over electric cars and initial advantages of economy, adaptability, etc., over the steam locomotive drawn car, is James White, of Cleveland. Mr. White has de signed a gasoline motor railway car especially intended as a substitute for the electric car in the suburban service and in it has a motor of somewhat unusual construction with traction running gear also unique. Mr. White's reasons for not following usual design in the motor of his railway car tractor is told below in his own language: "My engine is the result of a number of experiments made with different motors all showing that there is a considerable loss in the common gas engine of the heat of the fuel consumed. Trunk pistons being mostly used in gas engines cause a large amount of friction and as the oil used will readily burn and carbonize if the cylinder becomes too hot it is required that they be cooled; and when so cooled a large amount of the heat is destroyed and hence wasted. As the power is obtained from the heat of the fuel consumed, expert tests have shown that the higher the heat the engine can be run at the greater the power in proportion to the heat utilized. It is also found that part of the heat goes out in the exhaust under pressure, which means an additional loss more

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  • Paperback | 436 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 776g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236932196
  • 9781236932198