locomotive: Types of Locomotives
Types of Locomotives
The steam-powered locomotive played a key role during the development and golden age of railroading, but, despite its long and picturesque history, it has been superseded in developed nations by electric and diesel-electric locomotives for economic and environmental reasons. The few steam locomotives that remain in operation in developed nations are mostly nostalgic relics used chiefly to pull tourist trains.
Sections in this article:
- Development of the Locomotive
- Diesel Locomotives
- Electric Locomotives
- Steam Locomotives
- Types of Locomotives
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