Camel Back Steam Locomotives

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by dmb3006, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. dmb3006

    dmb3006 Member

    Can someone tell me why this design was developed and used ?? It looks like the engine crews would have hated them.In the cold or wet weather. :cool:
  2. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    I think it's...

    ...because they look kewl.

    Mark :D
  3. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    I'm sure they were fairly miserable--they were designed with very large fireboxes so they could use the cheapest and lowest-quality grades of coal. In order to accommodate this big firebox, the cab was placed above the boiler instead of in its traditional position. And yes, this made for a very cold, wet and miserable fireman in bad weather.
  4. TomPM

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