Strangest Steam Locomotive

Discussion of steam locomotives from all manufacturers and railroads

Moderators: slide rules, Typewriters

Postby Aa3rt » Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:56 pm

I'll nominate three:

1. Heisler's 0-8-0F. This streamlined fireless 0-8-0 switcher (the only one larger than an 0-6-0F ever built). Currently on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

2. Another Heisler fireless engine-this one riding on two four-wheel trucks, just like a regular Heisler logging locomotive. Built for the Allen Wood Steel Corporation of Lukens (?), PA.

3. The Southern Railroad's "tractor locomotives". IIRC, these were of a
2-8-2+2-8-0 wheel arrangement (with the 2-8-0 under the tender) for working Saluda Grade.

Sorry folks, I couldn't find any on-line photos.
Art Audley, AA3RT
Moderator: Railroad Radio & Communications, Railroads in Books, Magazines, Music, TV and other Media, General Discussion: Fallen Trolley & Interurban Lines, General Discussion: Shortline, Industrial & Military Railroads,
User avatar
Aa3rt
 
Posts: 866
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:09 pm
Location: La Plata, MD, MP 38.8 on the Pope's Creek sub

Postby 2spot » Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:24 pm

Found some Mallets with odd wheel arrangements: Great Northern M class #1973 (1 of 26 built) a 2-6-8-0 http://www.gngoat.org/gn_steam_15.jpg Southern had them too. Pennsylvania (PRR) had some oddities too: PRR Q2 #6199 a 4-4-6-4 http://prrsteam.pennsyrr.com/images/prr6199.jpg or PRR S1 #6100 a 6-4-4-6 http://prrsteam.pennsyrr.com/images/prr6100.jpg
2spot
 

Here's one

Postby Buddy Baker » Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:37 am

It looks like it'd be bigger than the Challenger!!

Image[/img]
Buddy Baker
 

Postby rdganthracite » Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:08 am

I think any steam locomotive that had the Holman speed truck installed is VERY strange looking.
rdganthracite
 

Postby Buddy Baker » Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:18 am

[img]http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/holman/holman1.jpg


This IS STANGE!! :P [/img]
Buddy Baker
 

Sorry

Postby Buddy Baker » Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:19 am

Copy and Paste in the adrress bar to view it!
Buddy Baker
 

Holman locomotive

Postby 2spot » Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:08 am

The Holman is posted on page 1 of this thread.
2spot
 

Postby ShayLoverGirl » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:22 am

Does this count? It is a boxshay that was actually used on the streets of New York.

Image
ShayLoverGirl
 

Postby pennsy » Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:51 pm

Yo Shaylovergirl,

Great shot. Certainly looks like it rode the rails in Manhattan and the Brooklyn docks. Probably used so that it would not scare the horses. Many steamers were so camouflaged so as to keep the horses and wagons from bolting.
pennsy
 
Posts: 1697
Joined: Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:07 pm
Location: Southern California

Postby ShayLoverGirl » Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:03 pm

I agree, but I thought the use of a Shay was a bit strange. Shays were not known for their speed as most only had a top speed of around 15 MPH at best. You better not be in a hurry.

pennsy wrote:Yo Shaylovergirl,

Great shot. Certainly looks like it rode the rails in Manhattan and the Brooklyn docks. Probably used so that it would not scare the horses. Many steamers were so camouflaged so as to keep the horses and wagons from bolting.
ShayLoverGirl
 

Postby pennsy » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:03 pm

Hi,

You certainly are right there. Shays are not known for their speed. And on the streets of NYC, 15 mph with freight cars in tow would be speeding. More like five to ten mph would be more like it. Yes, you could run faster, even in heels.
pennsy
 
Posts: 1697
Joined: Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:07 pm
Location: Southern California

Postby mp15ac » Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:48 am

In Boston they had Climaxes built the same way, and for the same reason.

Stuart
The light at the end of the tunnel may be the headlight of an on-coming train.
mp15ac
 
Posts: 274
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:05 am
Location: Long Island

Postby 2spot » Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:59 pm

Found some info on the fireless locomotives, including the 0-8-0 and geared fireless Heislers. http://www.nrhs.com/web_exclusives/fireless_cooker/ (about halfway down the page, heading: makers of fireless locomotives) It describes the 0-8-0 as "a failure"!
2spot
 

Postby general440 » Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:28 am

Not as pecular as some of the other ones hear but this one is worth a look.

http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/plate091.Html
Last edited by general440 on Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
general440
 

Postby 2spot » Sun Apr 09, 2006 1:25 pm

They definitely qualify. Theyre plenty wierd. The steam era had less standardisation and more experimental equipment. Not like the cookie-cutter era we live in. Today we count rivets to tell 'em apart.
2spot
 

PreviousNext

Return to Steam Locomotives

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest