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Steam engines thread, post your favourite locos or ones that look unique /n/, I wanna see if you're people of culture or not
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Accept no substitutes...
Always wondered how steam locomotives coupled together; learned to know what kind of power to add or increase braking for certain situations together. Like was it always a 50/50 split of power and braking, or did they leverage one over the other.
I know that the lead loco would use certain sequences of whistle blasts to signal the other ones in the consist to add power, coast, brake, emergency brake, etc. Some railways fitted their locos with two whistles with different sounds so the crew could tell the difference between normal whistling and signals meant for the rest of the train too. I'm not sure about braking, I'd think that once trains were fully fitted with air or vacuum brakes it'd all be controlled by the lead loco but double heading was more common for freight and a lot of that wasn't fitted until around the time diesels took over, at least in some countries.
Very good read, thank you.
I always loved the Austrian's steam. Perfect mix of elegance and technology
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The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington museum in Maine is doing great work restoring part of this 2’ gauge line. I’m thinking of a post-plague road trip.
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This is a shiny City Class.
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Unironically same
If i had to pick an absolute favorite, then I'd say it's one of the big LMS pacifics. Can't decide whether I like the princess royals or the coronations better, they're both pretty good.
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As you can see they're very similar looking locomotives, and in reality they are just variations on the same design, but there are some crucial differences as the coronations have ever so slightly larger wheels and boilers and such, and are more powerful. Visually the Coronations have a more stocky looking front end.
this is as generic as it gets but for an ABSOLUTE favourite locomotive it's Flying Scotsman. for EVERYTHING.
Princess Royals get my vote every time. Especially with the deflectors.
Did you see Unlucky Tug's video on its tour to the US? It's worth watching, really interesting story.
>people of culture
>posts all gwr locos

Pick one, OP.
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I get the appeal of the GWR but it's a little too boring for me. They have like 3 main loco types and a goods engine design, as far as profile goes. And they're all one color. Very pretty, but just not enough to hold my interest forever. It's, what, a million variations of one 4-6-0 design, a million panniers of the same design, and a million prairie locos of the same design? I like them, and they have some aspects that make them very appealing, but you don't have the massive variation of something like the LNER. And I'm not sure a railway with no Pacifics can really be considered a railway.
That vid was SO GOOD
>2-3 miles out of South Station on her first US run Flying Scotsman was pelted with rocks and a bullet
Typical 70s Roxbury
>And I'm not sure a railway with no Pacifics can really be considered a railway.
I guess there are no railways anymore
That's correct. Actually, not quite, because BR still technically runs scheduled services with the new build A1.
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Norfolk & Western J Class 4-8-4. Solid forged steel frame that includes the cylinders. Forced lubrication of oil and grease from reservoirs meaning it can go 1300 miles without additional lubrication. All roller bearing running gear. Light weight valve gear allows sustained 100 mph speeds despite having 70 inch drivers. 80,000 lbs of tractive effort, no booster truck needed. 5000 horsepower at the drawbar. Integrated streamline cowling allows for ease of maintenance. On initial test runs the class leader, #600, ran 100 mph over level ground pulling ten 75 ton heavyweight passenger cars.
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Posting a god tier Cunio painting in this thread.
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That's a diesel tho
These have their own thread
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Princess Royals never had deflectors (except the Turbomotive, if it could be put in the same class), and your pic is of a Coronation.

Coronation > Royals every time
Oh, sorry about that. I'm just learning UK steam, and I get them confused. Thanks!

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