• 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 Centurylover68
 
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)

  by 2spot
 
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.

  by CarterB
 
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

  by ek2179
 
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 . . .

ek2179

  by Centurylover68
 
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.

  by 2spot
 
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.

  by Lehigh Valley Railroad
 
Q2's...
  by TB Diamond
 
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.
  by TB Diamond
 
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.
  by kotaroooo
 
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.
Hellow, I'm a newcommer from Japan.
TB Diamond, "The Boynton Bicycle ", is it?.
http://www.mainememory.net/bin/Detail?ln=11895
http://www.mainememory.net/bin/Detail?ln=11896
http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/odboyn.Html
  by TB Diamond
 
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.