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Bakersfield Californian (Newspaper) - March 28, 1955, Bakersfield, California Nuclear-Powered Locomotive Idea Unorthodox CHt lakrrrfiflh Californian    Monday, Mar. 28,1953 7 By DARRELL GARWOOD WASHINGTON (INS)-—The new govemment-industry project- to design a nuclear-powered railroad locomotive was pictured Saturday as an approach so unorthodox that it could lead to an atomic-driven automobile. The engineers working on the project are not even sure they will use an atomic chain reactor as the means of generating heat to speed passenger and freight trains over the nation’s rails. If a chain reaction Is used, the heat probably won’t be turned into steam, and certainly steam won’t be the direct motive power. The locomotive is to be atomic-electric; the heat will first be turned into electricity. “This is not a return to steam.” one of the engineers said. “We are not going to use a ‘reactor’ in1 the sense that one is used in the submarine Nautilus. If steam |is created, it will be only to turn I an electric generator.*' The project was launched when the Atomic Energy Commission signed a contract for a year’s study with the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp., of Philadelphia and the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. The companies said three of | their engineers, Ray McBrian, Fred Geitman and John Newton, have been working on the loco-I motive idea for the last 15 months. The contract gives the engineers access to secret government information vital to their plans, and they expect to make recommendations within the «12 months allowed. Two methods for creating the necessary heat are under consideration: A chain reaction and I radioactive materials. If the latter theory proves fea sible, the fuel for the locomotive could be radioactive waste from government reactors operated to produce atomic explosives, and the fuel costs would be practically I zero. The engineers believe they can work out a system so that the present requirement that all atomic devices have about three feet of heavy material on all sides as a shield against radioactivity will no longer be necessary. At least a substantial change in the shielding requirements is expected no matter which heat source is used. If certain plans Work out, the engineers believe I this change could open the way for atomic automobiles. The fuel costs are expected to be a minor factor even if chain reaction proves necessary. Although the “fissionable ma-Iterial” used in a chain reaction is precious stuff, especially when its military value is computed, it is so long-lasting that the cost per mile in any system turns out to I be low. The main difficulties to be overcome involve construction costs and the size and weight of the device. The contract calls for a piston-type “reciprocating’’ engine, probably one in which a gas ex panded by heat is channeled I through valves to push alternat*! ing pistons. The engineers, however,* will , consider a wide variety of methods for turning heat into electricity. The goal is a lightweight device that will generate about 1,000 kilowatts of electricity — compared to 100.000 to 200,000 kilowatts in atomic power stations. Conventional diesel-electric locomotives generate anywhere from 750 to 2,000 kilowatts of electricity. If the atom can be made I to turn similar generators, the means of applying the power will remain unchanged. 1108 BAKER and 19th at CHESTER Your Easter Starts at PeUney's! EASTER HAT PACE STRAWS, STRAW FABRICS <i Look smart in an Easter chapeau from Penney’s! Here, rough I straws and straw fabrics in off-| face variations, petite pillboxes. I Navy, black, white, high shades, * pastels. 2 98 J ...... .. .. 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Your Easter Starts at Penney s! Boys! here they rn! Smart Suits for Easter In the season's two POPULAR FABRICS .. • sheen gabardine and flannel SMART! SHEEN GABARDINES HANDSOME! ALL-WOOL FLANNELS 16 75 247.5 Handsomely styled, crisp looking, I- and 2-button model suits! In rayon-acetate-dacron® blend that keeps crisp, wears longer! 6 rich shades — including skipper blue, charcoal gray. Sizes IO to 18. Handsome all-wool flannel suits in plain weaves. Smartly tailored with that grown-up look. Sizes IO to 18. BOYS' OXFORD GLOTH DRESS SHIRTS 49 T Boys' French cuff dress shirts — cuff links, too. Smart, rounded, button-down collar. Sanforized oxford cloth, in white and pastels. Sizes 6 to 18. BOYS' NYLON KNIT TIES Papular Pa»♦•! Cotan 79 THIS SHOE IS AVAILABLE AT BOTH STORES BOYS' PLAIN TOE OXFORDS Choose this style for maximum comfort and long wear. Fine leather uppers with heavy compo soles. Goodyear welt construction. Popular black. Sizes 2 to 6. SUEDE BELTS Narrow widths, pastel colors 98 « ;

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