Railway Traction

Jose A. Lozano, Jesus Felez, Juan de Dios Sanz and Jose M. Mera

The railway as a means of transport is a very old idea. At its beginnings, it was mainly utilised in the central European mines with different means of traction being applied. But it did not come into general use until the invention of the steam engine. Since the 18th century it has developed faster and faster until in the 21st century it has become the most efficient means of transport for medium distances thanks to the development of High Speed.