Table I. Characteristics of United States Army Locomotives
NOTE: The starting TE given in this table may also be used as the
continuous tractive effort for steam power. For dieselelectric
power, the continuous TE is onehalf of the starting TE.
its starting tractive effort. For example, if a dieselelectric
locomotive has 200,000 pounds of weight on its drivers, its starting
tractive effort is 50,000 pounds.
200, 000 x .25 = 50,000
The continuous tractive effort for this locomotive is only 50 percent
of its starting tractive effort, or 25,000 pounds.