N&W, "Jawn Henry"- Operators Manual

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N&W, "Jawn Henry"- Operators Manual

Post by Motorman » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:21 am

Good Morning.
Believe it or not,
on a flea-market, here in Germany(!), I found an "Operators Manual"
for the steam-turbine loco "Jawn Henry", of the N&W.
Condition is excellent, and I payed only 1€, because the seller didn't speak english and
he didn't know what it was about. :-D
So, my question:
Is this a rarity, should I put it in a safe? :wink:
I don't think that may of them survived.

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Re: N&W, "Jawn Henry"- Operators Manual

Post by mp15ac » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:50 pm

I don't think that they are that rare.

When Alco Models imported their HO scale brass model of the Jawn Henry 37 years ago they included a copy of the operators manual (I have both the model and the manual).

If you want something interesting and informative to read about the Jawn Henry pick up a copy of Rails Remembered Volume 4 The Tale of a Turbine, by Louis M. Newton. It tells the whole story of the Jawn Henry, from inception of the project to it's final end.

The light at the end of the tunnel may be the headlight of an on-coming train.

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Re: N&W, "Jawn Henry"- Operators Manual

Post by Motorman » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:45 am

I didn't know about that model, this is the only logic explanation how this book has come over here. :wink:
I'm very interested in "glorious technical failures", hehe, and the steam-turbine-technolgy, applied to railroads, is
a wonderful example for this. :-D
When I read this book,
I was wondering how it could be possible to operate a mobile high pressure steam-electricity-generating-plant.
And as it turned out, it wasn't. :P

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