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tractive effort

the force exerted by a locomotive or other powered vehicle on its driving wheels. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The dynamometer car is constructed to indicate the tractive effort of the engine, the speed, and the distance travelled.

    Minimum Gauge Railways Arthur Heywood
  • The Mallet locomotives with a tractive effort of 100,000 lbs., at present seem to have reached the limit of size and weight.

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