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ELECTRIC BUS (BATTERY BUS)

A bus that is propelled by electric motors mounted on the vehicle. The power source, usually a battery or a battery pack, is located in the vehicle or on a trailer. (TRB)

ELECTRIC INCLINE RAILWAY (INCLINE)

A railway in which vehicles are carried or conveyed by an electric hoist along inclined tracks. The hoist carries a single car, with or without counterweights, or two cars in balance. The system is used to overcome steep gradients. Also…

ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE

A locomotive in which the propulsion is effected by electric motor mounted on the vehicle. The electric power comes from an external source. (TRB)

ELECTRIC RAIL CAR (CAR, RECTIFIER ELECTRIC MOTOR)

A car powered by current from a conduit along the track. The conduit is usually an overhead wire or third rail. (TRB)

ELECTRIC RAIL CAR (RECTIFIER ELECTRIC MOTOR)

A car powered by current from a conduit along the track. The conduit is usually an overhead wire or third rail. (TRB)

ELECTRIC TRAIN LINE CIRCUIT

A continuous electric circuit between all units of the train. The circuit is provided with control stations to permit the control of traction motors and other equipment from any operator’s cab on the train (or, in special cases, from one…

ELECTRICALLY LOCKED SWITCH

A hand-operated switch equipped with a remotely controlled electrical device that restricts the movement of the switch. (TRB)

ELECTRIFICATION (RAILWAY ELECTRIFICATION)

In rail systems, a term used to describe the installation of overhead wire or third-rail power distribution facilities to enable operation of electrically powered transit vehicles. (TRB)