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The Panama Canal Locomotives: The Panama Canal Locomotives: The Panama Canal Towing Locomotive The Panama Canal Towing Locomotive #686 was one of a fleet of 40 built by in Schenectady, New York in 1914. It's operators referred to it as a 'lock mule' or 'mule'.
At one time, more than 100 of these mules operated at Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores lock stations. The 686 was a 'Pacific Locks Mule' which operated at the west end of the canal. (Atlantic mules, by comparison, differed slightly in appearance). 686 has dual electrical and mechanical controls, permitting operation from either end.
It was powered by a three-phase, 220-volt, 25-cycle motor geared to traction equipment. The gearing provided a speed of 5 miles per hour, with a manual gear shift for two miles per hour, for rack and pinion operation while towing ships. A special electrical connection enabled motors to operate at 1 mile per hour when towing larger ships.
The towing capacity of the complete unit was 25,000 pounds. Mules were operated on rails parallel to the canal, with one or more on each side to control and center the movement of the ocean-going vessels. When #686 was retired in 1964, the governor of the Panama Canal donated it to a proposed 'American Museum of Electricity' in Schenectady. In 1972, a member of the Roanoke Chapter, NRHS and a former resident of the canal zone discovered the mule.
It was brought to the Museum in 1974, where it was restored and painted by Roanoke Chapter NRHS members. This mule is one of only three known survivors. It is 32' long, 8' wide, and weighs 42 tons.
It has a wheelbase of 12 feet and operates on a track gauge of 5 feet. Article by: Old Towing Mule on exhibit at the Miraflores Lock: Closeup of GE logo on the old mules The Modern 'Mules' Towing locomotive '79' at the Gatun Locks.
. GENERAL INFORMATION Quick Reference Guide HOW TO OPERATE This Quick Reference Guide will assist you in finding the information you’re looking for. SAFE OPERATION MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT STORAGE TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE A Table of Contents is included after the Foreword.
WARNING Whenever you see the symbols shown below, heed their instructions! Always follow safe operat- Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, ing and maintenance practices. And certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of Cali- DANGER fornia to cause cancer and birth defects or DANGER indicates a hazardous situation other reproductive harm. EMISSION CONTROL INFORMATION To protect the environment in which we all live, Kawasaki has incorporated crankcase emission (1), exhaust emission (2) and evaporative emission (3) control systems in compliance with applicable regulations of the United States Environmental Protections Agency and California Air Resources Board. You should keep a maintenance record for your vehicle. To assist you in keeping this record, we have pro- vided space at the end of this manual where an authorized Kawasaki dealer, or someone equally competent, can record the maintenance. You should also retain copies of maintenance work orders, bills, etc., as verifica- tion of this maintenance.
PLEASE DO NOT TAMPER WITH NOISE CONTROL SYSTEM To minimize the noise emissions from this product, Kawasaki has equipped it with effective intake and exhaust silencing systems. They are designed to give optimum performance while maintaining a low noise level. FOREWORD Congratulations on your purchase of a new Kawasaki Mule. It is the result of Kawasaki’s engineering exper- tise and a tradition of manufacturing high-quality consumer products. Please read this Owner’s Manual carefully before starting your new Mule so that you will be thoroughly familiar with the proper operation of your vehicle’s controls, its features, capabilities, and limitations. TABLE OF CONTENTS BASIC SAFE DRIVING.Gear Shift Lever. SPECIFICATIONS.2WD-4WD Shift Lever.
SERIAL NUMBER LOCATIONS. Differential Shift Lever. LOCATION OF PARTS.Parking Brake Lever.LOCATION OF LABELS.Seats.
LOADING INFORMATION. Seat Belts.GENERAL INFORMATION.
Driving through Water.Fuse. 131 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT. Power Steering System.131 Periodic Maintenance Chart.Breaker.132 Engine Oil.General Lubrication.133 Front Final Gear Case Oil.Cleaning.134 Transmission Case Oil.Bolt and Nut Tightening.
135 Cooling System. We want you to be satisfied with your new seat belt to fit properly and to be able to brace them- Kawasaki vehicle, so drive carefully, safely, and ex- selves, as necessary, by placing both feet firmly on ercise good judgement. Practice basic maneuvers the floor while gripping the handhold.
Always apply the parking brake before getting out risk of head injury, and thus require head protection. Of your vehicle. In these conditions, Kawasaki recommends that operators and passengers wear a properly fitting Obey Local Laws D.O.T. Approved helmet. Wearing proper protective. SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS PERFORMANCE Maximum Torque 47.0 Nm (4.8 kgfm, 34.7 ftlb) @2 500 r/min (rpm) Minimum Turning Radius Differential Mode: 3.9 m (12.80 ft) Seating Capacity Front 2 persons, Rear 2 persons DIMENSIONS Overall Length 3 265 mm (128.54 in.) Overall Width 1 485 mm (58.46 in.) Overall Height.