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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    Now that I've posted a video of a cute, little 5" Garden Scale Steam Locomotive, I am struck by the urge to post a couple of videos which are more technical, to see if anyone has interest in that aspect. They are also at the other end of size and complexity scale. I was unaware of the use of inner and outer coil springs in spring packs, for example.



    I found the reassembly of the front and rear engines, quite fascinating. This has not been attempted one this scale for at least 60 years!

    Just the pin which holds the units together weighs 450lbs!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plt6U...F6Pf_W8gf2tzto

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    Rollin' coal with a Decapod. The phrase "rollin' coal" is sometimes tossed about by the owners of modified diesel trucks, referring to the black cloud of soot their diesels put out while accelerating. The following two videos show where that phrase originated with engine 1630 of the Illinois Railway Museum called the "Decapod" due to it's 10 drive wheels, pulling a 135 car train by itself. The firemen, anticipating a prolonged, heavy load for the engine, generously stoke the firebox producing and epic plume. The video is shot from the rear of the tender which gives a unique view of the operation of the locomotive and captures the stack talk of a Decapod pulling a heavy freight at low speeds, as it was designed to do.



    Here's the second part of the video, the camera nicely catches the hellish glow of the firebox, when the firebox door is open.


    The last video actually shows the external view of the locomotive as it is prepped for pulling an excursion train.

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    Here is a great video featuring a Ka 4-8-4 number 942 and the stunning New Zealand scenery. The lingering echos of the whistle combined with the majestic mountains are evocative, indeed.

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    Back to Australia for a truly rare event! While double headers are uncommon, and matched double headers are even more rare, how about a matched TRIPLE header of R class Hudsons? The Hudson class 4-6-4 was developed to pull heavy passenger trains at high rates of speed on level track. Built for the New York Central in the late 20's and the 30's they were, at the time, the best combination of speed and power for fast passenger trains as the Pacifics, 4-6-2 were running out of steam at speed.


    Here's a longer clip with some extra shots

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azeBZMlI8Cs

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    The Ffestiniog Railway is among the most narrow of narrow gauge at track at 1'11.5". The gauge isn't much wider than the 15" track gauge of several garden railways. However the Ffestiniog was built to transport slate from the quarries to the harbor and moved 70,000 tons a year, even before steam locomotives were introduced in 1863. Unofficial tourist operations had begun years earlier. Here is a video of Garratt 87, hauling a heavy ash train, and working at the limits of it's adhesion with much wheel slip. There is also plenty of the unique cadence that is produced by an articulated engine.

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    The Double Fairlie is an unusual design of articulated engine in that two boilers, each with their own firebox are suspended between the front and rear engines. What's even more entertaining in this video is that two Double Fairlies are seen pulling trains.

    Here's a wiki link for those of you are unfamiliar with the Double Fairlie design. (It's common with diesel electrics, though)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlie_locomotiv

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    Since there are Double Fairlies, does that mean there can be a Single Fairlie? Since Fairlie locomotives are defined by having the engines mounted on a bogie that swivels rather than the conventional mounting directly the the frame, the answer is yes, there is a single, Single Fairlie in this video. (The US versions were referred to as Mason Bogies.)


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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    Recently, a short video of a diesel locomotive pulling a couple of cars down a city street was posted on another thread. It was just a mock up of a locomotive. But it reminded me of this video. The locomotive is traveling down the median of a divided highway. It's not a mock up. Santa Fe 3751 was converted to oil burning in 1936, so there is little smoke, in case anyone is not used to oil burners. (Oil was cheap at the time and didn't produce sparks and cinders which tend to start grass fires out west.)
    I think the contrast between the powerful black beast of a steam locomotive and the delicately rounded contours of the modern car/SUV add a nice touch to this video.

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    I would be remiss if I didn't post videos one of the greatest events in Steam Locomotive restoration history that occurred recently. Here is 2,000,000 lbs of locomotive barely working at part throttle pulling a diesel electric in full Dynamic Braking, and doing it easily. The diesel electric is to provide a little resistance for run in of UP 4014 which she and UP 844 barely notice along with 9 cars.

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    Re: Plowing snow with Steam

    This video, focuses on the huge crowds of people who have traveled to Wyoming to view the historic event of 4014's return to operation. I find it encouraging that so many people care enough to view this in person. A number of shots capture the wide open landscape which seems quite empty to those of use accustomed to forests and suburbs.


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