Author: Matthew Witte

FIGURE 1. Example of traction motor components that failed from overheating. (Courtesy of MxV Rail)

MxV Rail R&D: Looking at Locomotives With LUTIS

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Traction Motor (TM) lockup in a locomotive can be disruptive to a railway’s operations. While modern locomotives are equipped with many onboard diagnostic sensors to provide condition feedback, high-load mechanical components such as the gear train often remain unmonitored.