The paper seeks to show that the internal-combustion type of locomotive can be used to advantage and at a much lower operating cost than the steam locomotive for industrial-plant use. The electric drive, in combination with gasoline or Diesel engines, places the internal-combustion type on a par with the steam locomotive so far as mobility is concerned, and ahead of the latter type with respect to availability for service, economy of operation, safety, visibility, convenience, and general performance. The electric drive is declared to be better than the conventional clutch and gear transmission between engine and axle as being better to operate, having more tractive power on grades, and in being much easier on the engine. There is available a wide range of internal-combustion type of locomotives using electric drives.

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