# How much can a train engine pull?

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Model Weight Total tons on 1% grade
Light GP40 250,000 3750
Heavy GP40 280,000 4200
Light SD40 380,000 5700
Heavy SD40 420,000 6300

## How many tons can train engine pull?

General rule of thumb when I worked with freight: 2000-2500 tons per 4-axle engine. A 6-axle was probably more around 3000 tons per engine. These take into account varying grades, though. If I had to make an estimate, I’d say a 4-axle could pull 4000 tons and a 6-axle could pull 6000 tons on a completely flat grade.

## What is the most powerful train?

All hail Mother Russia: with 17,838 horsepower, the Novocherkassk 4E5K locomotive is the most powerful in the world. It seems like digital espionage isn’t Russia’s only path to power.

## What is the heaviest train in the world?

The world’s longest and heaviest train operated on June 21, 2001, between Newman and Port Headland in Western Australia. The train operated 170 miles (274 km) with 682 loaded iron ore cars. The train weighed 99,734 tons and measured 4.57 miles (7.35 km) in length.

## Is there a law for how long a train can be?

Many states have statutes that specify the maximum length of time that a train can block a public roadway grade crossing. The state laws vary, but a general rule of thumb is that a blockage cannot exist for more than 20 minutes.

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## How far does it take for a 100 car train moving 55 miles per hour to stop?

Trains can’t stop quickly or swerve. The average freight train is about 1 to 1¼ miles in length (90 to 120 rail cars). When it’s moving at 55 miles an hour, it can take a mile or more to stop after the locomotive engineer fully applies the emergency brake.

## How many cars can a diesel locomotive pull?

One unit can easily pull 100 cars on the flat if you only want it to go 10-12 mph. Put it on a 2% grade and a 3000 hp unit can only pull about 6-8 cars at about 15 mph.

## How fast do freight trains go?

Trains carrying freight are currently allowed to travel at speeds of up to 70 mph or 80 mph, but unloaded many trains generally only travel from 40-50 mph, according to FRA researchers.

## How much horsepower do trains have?

In most trains, the power ranges anywhere between 5000 to 7000 horsepower.