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Remarks:Frosty mornings of winter creates problems on starting of diesel locomotives. Outdoor temperatures below -10 degrees makes diesel engines like unbending metal blocks. The operation and maintenance records indicate that diesel-electric/diesel-hydraulics locomotives are recommending to be kept overnight in depots, where temperatures are above 0 degrees Celsius or, if possible, to take outside and warm up the lubricate oil for warm up the engine. But ... if the above conditions doesn`t exist, take a torch, light it up and the air warmed by the torch goes to the air inlet for a faster start. ... Risks are, but the engine of the economy should start to carry out the tasks for which it was designed!
Thank you Dick, Bicot, Dave Jacobs for your comments! The locomotive is started once in a week, so keeping it runing so long time don`t make sense. About using ether... Hmm... The chief-engineer forbid the use of shots or ether for starting the engine. It happened an accident few years later about this fact and...
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