LC-2 vs EL-3a

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Wed Jun 10 08:09:24 EDT 2015


That is correct.



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Would I be correct in assuming that they were coolers for the liquid
rheostats in the rotor winding circuits?


I remember my Dad (who worked for Appalachian Power in Bluefield, but being
an electrical engineer was interested in the workings of the N&W electrics)
telling me that the railroad had to be careful not accidentally to put too
much trailing tonnage behind the electrics, because if they couldn't get up
to free running speed they ran the risk of boiling all the liquid out of the
rheostats.  I seem to recall that you mentioned the same thing in your


Dave Phelps


In a message dated 6/9/2015 4:36:39 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
nw-modeling-list at writes:

Eric & modelers,

                I am attaching a photograph that I took of Simplon electric
2332 in the Swiss Railway Museum located in Lucerne. This locomotive was
similar, albeit smaller than the N&W and VGN electrics. These units are what
me interested in approaching Marklin as they have produced models of these.
You will notice the piping on the side, which are coolers. This is something
the N&W or VGN never tried, but would have helped considerably. Most of the
photos you see have open or missing windows as the locomotives generated
quite a bit of heat. 





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