New Mine Locomotive Line can be Tailored to Fit the Job

Mining Equipment’s diesel-powered mine locomotives can be configured for either underground or surface
mining applications

Rail equipment specialist Mining Equip-ment reports that it is now manufacturing a new line of diesel locomotives at its facil-ity in Farmington, New Mexico, USA.

Planetary drives and wet disc brakes highlight Mining Equipment’s 15–35 ton class locomotives, resulting in low mainte-nance requirements. “We also build loco-motives in the smaller 4 to 12 ton range,” said Senior Vice President Matt Pope. “These models feature a hydrostatic drive and heavy-duty gear boxes.”

The core of the company’s new design philosophy relates to the locos’ custom rigid bevel gear axle with planetary reduc-tion wheel hubs (final torque reduction at wheel), featuring integral hydraulic applied wet disk brakes and spring applied park-ing/emergency brakes. Most of the new locos also feature a hydrodynamic three-speed transmission with lock-up torque converter, engine exhaust brake and inte-grated wet disk brakes.

According to the company, its 25-ton model can be used in underground or surface mining, in tunneling or construc-tion projects, and can be ordered with a variety of engine and drive options to match speed, power and tractive effort to a specific application. Haulage capacity is contingent on locomotive weight, horse-power and adhesion factors such as track conditions.

As featured in Womp 2012 Vol 07 -