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Strangest Steam Locomotive

Postby Centurylover68 » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:01 am

Everyone talks about the strongest, fastest most beautiful and even the ugliest steam engine. Have you ever talked about the strangest steam engine. The criteria is:
-It must be a US engine otherwise it would be too easy
-It can be a whole engine or a feature on it
-It can be a wheel arrangement or how it looks
-The engine or feature can't have been mass-produced(No Camelbacks)
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Postby 2spot » Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:11 pm

I can think of two good ones offhand. The first is Mt Washington Cog Railways #6 (#1 is good too). http://www.thecog.com/images/gallery/fu ... _steam.jpg If a wierd Canadian log hauler could be included then the "Walking Dudley" of McNair Fraser Logging (outside Vancouver) would be my first choice. http://www.westvanlib.org/Historical/Fr ... stumps.htm http://www.westvanlib.org/Historical/Fr ... dudley.htm There were probably other "Walking Dudleys" besides this one. Theres no end of the strangeness in the steam era.
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Postby CarterB » Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:45 pm

2Spot came up with some good ones!!

Others to consider are the "four-off" triplexes of the Erie and Virginian. Both dismal failures.

http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/L ... riplex.htm
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Postby ek2179 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:28 am

How's about the Loree compounds of the D&H, or the hinged-boiler 2-6-6-2s of the Santa Foo, or the "streamlined" 4-8-0 switchers of the N&W . . .

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Postby Centurylover68 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:49 am

I've never seen a streamlined 4-8-0 switcher. What does it look like?
One of my choices for strangest would have to be Vulcan's Duplex. A boiler, cab and water and fuel tanks mounted on two 0-4-0 engines facing each other. Or Santa Fe's 2-10-10-2's. I read those weren't too successful.An odd switcher might be those 0-10-2's simply because of the wheel arrangement.
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Wierd Looking Locomotive

Postby crij » Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:01 am

While I am not sure of the manufacturer or the quantity built, my vote would be for the 4-2-4T engine used by the South Manchester Railroad (Connecticut).

http://p068.ezboard.com/fthenhrhtanewhavenrailroadforumfrm2.showMessage?topicID=3770.topic about 1/3 way down the page.

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Would you believe a 6-2-0?

Postby rlsteam » Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:33 am

Check out the 6-2-0 built in 1847 for the Camden & Amboy. There is a photo on the Douglas Self site:

http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/L ... himney.htm

Scroll to almost the bottom of the page.
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Postby 2spot » Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:50 pm

If you go to: www.gearedsteam.com/ check out the geared engines of Baldwin (5 built), Bell (6 wheel articulated), and the Dunkirk/Gilbert class "B"-it has a wood frame-(Dunkirk built the original Heisler designs). Neat but odd.
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Postby Lehigh Valley Railroad » Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:44 pm

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Strangest Steam Locomotive

Postby TB Diamond » Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:23 pm

The C&O and the N&W steam turbines receive my vote. Possibly their electric traction motors disqualify them, however? Should this be the case, then my vote goes to the Pennsy's S-1 steam turbine.
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Postby 2spot » Sat Feb 18, 2006 8:59 pm

The Bradford Monorail (steam powered) and Holman Locomotive (see the pictures-I cant explain- but there were two!) The second Holman was built by Baldwin! http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/L ... adford.htm http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/L ... holman.htm I'll keep searching 'cuz these are getting wierder.
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Strange Steam locos

Postby TB Diamond » Sat Feb 18, 2006 9:36 pm

The Boynton Bicycle RR of Long Island had , I believe, two steam locomotives prior to being electrified. One steamer had a 12' drive wheel and the other a 8'. This operation ran on one rail with an overhead rail to keep the engine and cars upright. This was circa 1890 thru the very early 1900s.
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Re: Strange Steam locos

Postby kotaroooo » Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:18 pm

TB Diamond wrote:The Boynton Bicycle RR of Long Island had , I believe, two steam locomotives prior to being electrified. One steamer had a 12' drive wheel and the other a 8'. This operation ran on one rail with an overhead rail to keep the engine and cars upright. This was circa 1890 thru the very early 1900s.


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Strage Steam Locos

Postby TB Diamond » Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:57 pm

kotaroooo: That is it. The info I had came from the old "Engineering Gazette". There was a photo of the electric car (wrecked) in a small book of New York state electric railroads by Felix E. Reifschneider published circa 1950.
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Re: Strage Steam Locos

Postby kotaroooo » Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:57 am

TB Diamond wrote:kotaroooo: There was a photo of the electric car (wrecked) in a small book of New York state electric railroads by Felix E. Reifschneider published circa 1950.

I think, perhaps electric car you say is this image.
http://www.lehman.edu/publicart/neighborhood.htm
http://www.lehman.edu/publicart/images/pelham_bay.jpg

http://www.chaski-test.com/pictures/48509-mono.jpg
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