June 26, 2020

Because Sometimes You Just Need To Post Trains

Union Pacific was the only railroad to use the 4-12-2, and it was apparently a maintenance nightmare due to a third cylinder powering the second driving axle.  Why was that a problem?  Because it was directly under the firebox, in the center of the engine.  That aside, it is an intimidating-looking beast.

Sometimes, even classic steam engines need a little help.  Here, Norfolk & Southern's 611 gets exactly that... a little help.

I'm a twain!  Choo choo!  It's a Swiss railroad battery-powered shunter from the '20s, apparently rated for a whoppin' 5 h.p. Of course, you don't need much to move cars around, you just need to get 'em moving.

Ever wonder how they keep the switches clear of ice and snow during a Chicago winter?  Yup, they set 'em on fire.

Special Bonus Not-Train Picture

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1 That 4-12-2 at the top looks like an artist's rendition of the most complicated steam locomotive they could think of, but no, apparently someone actually built that thing. Yegods. (Also, I'm unable to craft a suitable DBZ "9000" joke here. I miss my wit.)

At first I wondered how that shunter could get the job done, then re-read and noted the "battery powered" bit. Aha, not much top-end but just the right amount of torque.

Posted by: GreyDuck at June 27, 2020 11:38 AM (rKFiU)

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