NEW PRODUCTS AND INNOVATIONS Design simplicity key for new range of locos Jun 2012
Mining Equipment News Release
Mining Equipment is launching a complete line of brand new diesel locomotives at its facility in Farmington, New Mexico.
"We have been rebuilding every make of locomotive for the past 30 years and we've seen the good, the bad and the ugly in that time," said Bob Pope, founder and President of the company. "We are now using our hard-earned knowledge and experience, along with significant customer input, to build the most robust and simple new locomotives possible."

New line of diesel locos come with gauge changing system for project portability

Planetary drives and wet disk brakes highlight Mining Equipment's 15-35 ton class locomotives, making them low maintenance, thus saving time and money on labor and parts. "We also build locomotives in the smaller 4-12 ton range," said Senior Vice President, Matt Pope. "These models feature a hydrostatic drive and heavy duty gear boxes."
The heart of the new design's philosophy is centered around its custom rigid bevel gear axle with planetary reduction wheel hubs (final torque reduction at wheel), featuring integral hydraulic applied wet disk brakes and spring-applied parking/emergency brakes.
Most of the company's new locomotives also feature a hydrodynamic three-speed transmission with lock-up torque converter and engine exhaust brake and integrated wet disk brakes. These items combined together provide wear-free braking.
The 25 tonne loco can be used in underground or surface mining, in tunneling or construction projects, and can be manufactured with various engines and drive components, all of which effect speed, power and tractive effort. Haulage capacity is dependent on locomotive weight, horsepower and adhesion factors such as track conditions.
The locos are designed with a gauge changing system, and can be modified in a standard site workshop without the need for specialist equipment so that they can be moved from project to project.

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