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The return of Eco-train

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Remember the huge success of Eco-train?

If you liked it, then its "sequel" will surely appease to you. Dis muthafuckah be turnin' day into night, niggaz!

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Useful thermal energy conversion percentage: negligible.

Great! Build ten of 'em and make them run day and night 24/7.

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CorSair said:

One smoky bastard.
Wait a minute, what it is using as a fuel?


Probably low quality russian diesel -mazut derivate, hardly distinguishable from crude oil.

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I briefly searched about this train and a train-enthusiast site says the smoke is from incomplete combustion, most likely due to damaged or horribly maintained fuel injectors.

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Which would be plausible for any diesel engine, really, except that every single instance of this locomotive has the same exact smoking problems. There's not a single video of the 3TE-10U locomotive(s) running clean, or at least clearly cleaner than the others, so this means that they are all in the same state of disrepair, or that they all use really low grade fuel (more suitable for shipping use, than road/rail use, nearly impossible to burn cleanly on anything smaller than a ship's engine).

I've also read on that same forum that the heavier smoking of the back stacks (on second and third locomotives) are caused by sucking in soot from the first one, which is obvious in many 3TE-10U videos: the first locomotive's smoke is always low-hanging and kinda sucked to the side, while the second's and third's always gets blown up higher.

Of course, since even the first locomotive produces thick black smoke, that means that even breathing -relatively- fresh air doesn't help much, and the problem must be in the fuel and general state of disrepair.

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Russian made engines are really state-of-the-art creations. They can suck a rag from fuel tank, and outputs charred shreds of cloth from exhaust without blowing pistons out from engine.

I too lean on bad diesel in this case. That, or the maintenance has been delayed for few months. Err, few years.

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