Are diesel trains more powerful than electric?

Power plant capacity is far greater than any individual locomotive uses, so electric locomotives can have a higher power output than diesel locomotives and they can produce even higher short-term surge power for fast acceleration. Electric locomotives are ideal for commuter rail service with frequent stops.

How much HP is the most powerful train engine?


Name Railway Power
BJ 6001 China Railway 5,900 horsepower (4,400 kW)
Challenger Union Pacific 5,000 horsepower (3,728 kW)
China Railways DF8DJ China Railways 6,437 horsepower (4,800 kW)
China Railways HXD1 China Railway 12,874 horsepower (9,600 kW)

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