Driving Wheel

On a steam locomotive, a driving wheel is a powered wheel which is driven by the locomotive's pistons (or turbine, in the case of a steam turbine locomotive). On a conventional, non-articulated locomotive, the driving wheels are all coupled together with side rods (also known as coupling rods); normally one pair is directly driven by the main rod (or connecting rod) which is connected to the end of the piston rod; power is transmitted to the others through the side rods.

On Diesel and Electric locomotives the driving wheels may be directly driven by the traction motors. Coupling rods are not usually used, and it is quite common for each axle to have its own motor. Jackshaft drive and coupling rods were used in the past (e.g. in the Swiss Crocodile locomotive) but their use is now confined to shunting locomotives.

On an articulated locomotive or a duplex locomotive driving wheels are grouped into sets which are linked together within the set.

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Driving Wheel - In Popular Culture
... Junkies perform a song called "Lost My Driving Wheel", with the lyrics "I feel like some old engine/ That's lost my driving wheel" and can't go any further ... Unplugged In New York) reference a decapitated man's head found in a driving wheel ...
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... axle, at one end of which a cogwheel is fixed to gear with the driving wheel of the machine, and at the other end a smaller cogwheel to drive the colour-furnishing roller ... a central pressure cylinder, or bowl, common to all, and each roller is driven by a common driving wheel, called the crown wheel, actuated, in most cases, by its own steam-engine or motor ... latitude of movement thus provided each roller is furnished with a box-wheel, which serves the double purpose of connecting or gearing it to the driving wheel, and ...
4-8-2 - Usage - South Africa
... in the world to be designed with this wheel arrangement was the Class Dübs A 4-8-2T tank of the Natal Government Railways (NGR), the brain-child of Locomotive Superintendent W ... line and shunting duties, they were gradually converted to a 4-8-2T wheel arrangement by removing the fifth set of drivers ... tender locomotives in the world with a 4-8-2 wheel arrangement ...
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... Slipping will lead to a time delay which static friction of driving wheel is zero and car is at a standstill ... of starting at a high revolving speed of wheel gear, damage of wheel gear is huge ... As the driving wheel is slipping, damage of driving wheel is unavoidable which μ of driving wheel will be changed to a smaller number ...

Famous quotes containing the words wheel and/or driving:

    You do me wrong to take me out o’ th’ grave:
    Thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound
    Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
    Do scald like molten lead.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    On a late-winter evening in 1983, while driving through fog along the Maine coast, recollections of old campfires began to drift into the March mist, and I thought of the Abnaki Indians of the Algonquin tribe who dwelt near Bangor a thousand years ago.
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923)