The "Loco" Side Of Locomotion

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Mountain Man, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Mountain Man...Those are some terrific links....I had a lot of questions answered within minutes of browsing through them. One of my questions was the "logic" behind the Camelback design...Now I know..!! :oops:

    Thanks for posting them....!!!:thumb:

    These'll be great in my on-going education on steamers.... :mrgreen:
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    I'm glad you liked it.
  4. diburning

    diburning Member

  5. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

    Great pictures. Makes you wonder what some people had up their sleeves.
  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Thanks, Mountain Man, for those great links. More proof that there's a prototype for everything (and anything):eek:, and some real creative thinking at work, too.

  7. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Ahhh, the "experimental locomotive" days of yore. The water tube boilers and weird exhausts, odd wheel arrangemetns... And then we had turbines, diesel hydraulics...

    I don't think there is as much wacky stuff put on rails as there used to. I still see some interesting critters created when a yard mechanic gets creative with his welder. But the mainline oddities? Hmm. Anyone have pics of recent mainline beasts?

  8. e-paw

    e-paw Member

    I had no idea the D+h had invested so much in high pressure steam . Very cool and forward thinking. Good post.
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think there was less understanding of thermo dynamics and more of an attitude of "lets see what happens if" in the early to mid 20th century. today anything that anyone would want to build can be simulated on a computer and tested in the virtual world before the money is spent to build a prototype. I think the closest thing to modern oddities now are ballast tampers.
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The problem in the modern era is that anything interesting is stuck inside the carbody. Even the new experimentals (Green Goats and such) don't show anything unusual to the observer.
    And what unusual items did we get in the diesel era? K-M hydraulics were a normal design in Germany. Baldwin Centipedes were, for their era, no more extreme than the GG1.
  11. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Another reason why I like steam locomotives! :mrgreen:

    Just imagine, someone could operate an entire layout featuring bizarre locomotives. It would certainly be different...:cool:

    Same show, BTW, featured the English pop music magnate who restored and owned the Flying Scotsman for two years until he tired of the hate mail and constant barrage of curses and personal threats.

    Why the hate barrage for two years? Because he restored it to its documented original color, which was not "apple green. :rolleyes:
  12. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

  13. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Hmmmmm, I wonder if I have enough of the old Monogram "snap together" Big Boy kits to build the Big Boy Garret. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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