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tractive effort

the force exerted by a locomotive or other powered vehicle on its driving wheels. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As the speed drops, the tractive effort of the locomotive consist will go up.
  • Traction battery voltage should reflect the best design for duty cycle, vehicle speed, tractive effort and minimum current losses.
  • Slugs are used in situations where high tractive effort is more important than extra power, such as switching operations in yards.
  • The locomotive consist provides information which can be used to figure out tractive effort.

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