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Locomotives are the rail vehicles either with prime-mover and motor or with motor only (electric locomotive) used for hauling other vehicles. A distinction is made between steam locomotives, electric locomotives, diesel locomotives, etc., according to the type of motive power used. (i) Steam locomotive is one propelled by power supplied from a steam engine. (ii) Diesel-electric locomotive is one propelled by electricity supplied from diesel electric type internal combustion prime mover and irrespective of the number of units used.


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