Milestone-Proposal talk:Mainline Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1895

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Completion of Proposal

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What obstacles (technical, political, geographic) needed to be overcome? 

The technical challenges were two fold. First, movement of mainline trains at normal speeds required the design and construction of a locomotive with 1,000% greater power than any constructed previously. Second, the provision of adequate propulsion power required concentrated power generation that exceeded the total capacity of utilities such as the Edison Electric Illuminating Co. of NY which comprised five stations. The required locomotive performance was achieved with a scheme that coupled large motors to the wheels by a steel .................?

Please note that this proposal appears complete and ready for approval submission except for the completion of the last sentence in the above paragraph.

Mort Hans, Regional Coordinator

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