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Old Apr 21st 2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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Diesel-Electric Engines

Why are there such things like diesel-electric engines? Why is it considered efficient to convert diesel energy to electricity then to physical kinetic energy? Why can't the diesel engine drive the train? (or car, boat, etc...)

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Old Apr 22nd 2011, 11:04 AM   #2
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Interesting... I found this article:

Kaufman Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Another article is at:

Diesel locomotive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What I understand is that the maintenance is easier, the power generated can also be more closely and effectively monitored.
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