What's the difference?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by XavierJ123, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. XavierJ123

    XavierJ123 Member

    What's the difference between a K4 4-6-2 (pre-war with Slat Pilot) and (post-war with modern pilot)? I have looked at pictures of the steam locomotives side by side and for the life of me can not see a difference. Am I blind? It's like one of those puzzles that you see in the comic strip where the cartoonist ask you to pick out the 6 differences between the two cartoons. I can do that---most of the time---but this one eludes me. :confused:
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The pilot is the slang term for a cowcatcher -- the pointed thing at the bottom front of the loco. Have a look at the front view.
    A slat pilot will have strips of metal going across or up and down. The modern pilot may be a solid metal casting. (Upgraded when cars became heavier than cows.) There are also boiler tube pilots made out of? that look like pipes welded together.

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