Enquiry re Battery conversion of trolley electric locomotive

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ex925
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Enquiry re Battery conversion of trolley electric locomotive

Postby ex925 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:35 am

This recently received, and now posted here by Ed. Gordon, can anyone help?

From: elrokits@btinternet.com
To: contact@batteryvehiclesociety.org.uk
Subject: Battery electric rail vehicles
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:17:00 +0000

Hi,
I am the chairman of a small society that owns a 1900 built narrow gauge electric locomotive, which drew its power from a torlley pole and oerhead trolley wires. We are having to relocate the engine to a new site where overhead wires will not be available. This would mean it would be a non runner, unless we opt to convert to a battery electric format. The locomotive has a cargo space that could carry 12 tons of minerals, so has accessible space for suitable batteries.

Do you have any information on battery electric rail vehicles that might be of help to us.

best wishes

Robert Hendry

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Re: Enquiry re Battery conversion of trolley electric locomo

Postby timpootle » Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:05 pm

Sounds interesting. I hope Mr Hendry will join this forum and tell us more about it.
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Re: Enquiry re Battery conversion of trolley electric locomo

Postby ChrisB » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:26 pm

Has anyone e-mailed him back to invite him ??

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Re: Enquiry re Battery conversion of trolley electric locomo

Postby Night Train » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:41 pm

Put him in touch with the National Railway Museum in York, they have a battery powered locomotive.
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I would imagine that it would be a good candiate for a reversable and non damaging conversion. The pack and ancillaries could be put in its load area and then cables run to connect to the existing pick up points. The electrically disconnected trolley pole can then still be raised to show how it would have worked.

This would be a great little project to do and a great way to preserve a historic locomotive.


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