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10/7/19 2:38 p.m.

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10/8/19 9:03 a.m.

pinchvalve
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10/8/19 9:18 a.m.
Adrian_Thompson said:

Would you all be offended if I said that, in general,  American steam trains were ugly?  Possibly brutal in appearance.  May I offer up the following?

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I now predict a slew of beautiful American Locomotives and an equal number of ugly British ones for my sins!

 

OK, here are the British ones that I am aware of:

pinchvalve
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10/8/19 9:21 a.m.

NickD
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10/8/19 9:34 a.m.
stroker said:

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy....  I got an idea--let's pitch steam locomotives as the only "green" rail alternative since they can burn a renewable resource (wood) and maybe we can look forward to a resurgence in big, heavy classic iron!  :)

While it won't be running wood, there is a group building a brand-new Pennsylvania Railroad T-1 class 4-4-4-4 Duplex that they plan to have operating by 2030. They already have a tender, have cast some of the drive wheels and built the cab and nose for it and I believe are working on the boiler. And once it is done, they are going to try and beat Mallard's steam locomotive speed record, which I think is entirely possible. I've read accounts of PRR engineers saying they were passing 2 mile posts a minute trying to make up time before.

 

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10/8/19 11:37 a.m.

 

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10/8/19 9:50 p.m.
NickD
NickD PowerDork
10/9/19 7:42 a.m.

ALCo built the best-looking locomotives, especially the FA and PA. Pity they went out of business. 

 

NickD
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10/9/19 7:43 a.m.

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10/9/19 7:43 a.m.

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10/9/19 7:44 a.m.

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10/9/19 7:45 a.m.

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10/9/19 7:47 a.m.

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10/9/19 7:48 a.m.

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10/9/19 7:49 a.m.

914Driver
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10/9/19 7:53 a.m.

The Big Boy is  on tour of the southwestern States.  World's largest steam locomotive.

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10/9/19 8:03 a.m.

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10/9/19 8:06 a.m.

NickD
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10/9/19 8:08 a.m.

In reply to 914Driver :

Being in the NE, nowhere near me. I hear that there has been a lot of automotive accidents from people rubbernecking at seeing that big bruiser pounding the rails. Which is understandable, considering that they are massive. I saw #4012 on static display at Steamtown a few years ago and the scale is mind-boggling. I'm not a big UP fan, but I respect the Big Boy, and the 4-12-2 Overlands to a slightly lesser degree. Honestly, with the sheer size and cost to operate, I kinda figured we would never see one operating again. Now someone just needs to get a C&O 2-6-6-6 Allegheny and a Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone running.

Duke
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10/9/19 9:01 a.m.

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