traction motor


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traction motor (plural traction motors)

  1. (transport) An electric motor used for the propulsion of a vehicle, such as a tram, trolleybus, electric or diesel-electric locomotive or train.
    • 1961 March, C. P. Boocock, “The organisation of Eastleigh Locomotive Works”, in Trains Illustrated, page 159:
      The diesel engines and traction equipment from S.R. multiple-units and traction motors from electric trains are also overhauled at Eastleigh.

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