• Strangest Steam Locomotive

  • Discussion of steam locomotives from all manufacturers and railroads
Discussion of steam locomotives from all manufacturers and railroads

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  by Aa3rt
 
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.
  by Buddy Baker
 
It looks like it'd be bigger than the Challenger!!

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  by rdganthracite
 
I think any steam locomotive that had the Holman speed truck installed is VERY strange looking.
  by Buddy Baker
 
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  by 2spot
 
The Holman is posted on page 1 of this thread.

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

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  by pennsy
 
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.

  by ShayLoverGirl
 
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.

  by pennsy
 
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.

  by mp15ac
 
In Boston they had Climaxes built the same way, and for the same reason.

Stuart

  by 2spot
 
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"!

  by general440
 
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.

  by 2spot
 
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.