VGN Heat Dissipation at Narrows Power Plant

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Tue Apr 23 07:30:23 EDT 2013

According to Felix Price, Assistant Power Director at Narrows, and one of the "Takin' Twenty" Brethren, the New River was used with electrodes being placed directly into the water. Felix said the river would sort of "bubble up" and afterwards dead fish would be seen...Also Russell R. McDaniel spoke of the same.
Skip Salmon
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Is there any information on how the VGN's  Narrows Power plant handled the problem of power generated by regenerative braking which was not needed to move another train moving upgrade?

Obviously there were large water-cooled resistor banks.  Were the resistor banks in the river, or in a cooling pond to which cool river water was pumped and from which heated water was discharged?

Is there any surviving information on how all this was handled?

-- abram burnett

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