Thanks for all the comments on the weird and wonderful trains video. I’m glad I posted it.
If you missed it, the below won’t make much sense, so here it is again.
A few of you kindly sent in this pic, of the train that was gnawing away at my curiosity:
How I couldn’t work out it’s a snow plow is beyond me. But there you go.
Some really good stuff came in:
“The unit at 2:19 is a double-ended snow plow. Most snow plows of that type had a “box” end on the rear which required the unit be turned to clear snow in the other direction (see attached photo.) This one eliminated the problem by having a plow at both ends.
The NYC “Jet” passenger car was actually an RDC (Rail Diesel Car, self-propelled) that was modified. Supposedly it reached a claimed speed of about 150 miles per hour. The one that followed that was the Russian version which reached roughly the same claimed speed. Interestingly enough, the train that set the North American speed record at nearly 170 miles per hour used jet turbine engines — the United Aircraft Turbo Train, which was a double-ended train that didn’t have to be turned at the end of the line. Each locomotive had seven turbine engines (see attached photo)
San Bernardino, California
Very, very, good! Thanks I have saved it.
Actually some of the locomotives were very successful. The Pennsylvania Duplex 4-4-4-4 and 6-4-4-6 were developed because the pistons and connecting rods from one cylinder per side were getting so big they played havoc with the tracks. The idea was to have 4 cylindrers instead of 2 and divide the power to the eight drivers. The Union Pacific needed the power of the Big Boys and the Huge Gas Turbine locomotives over the mountain grades. The UP is now using multiple diesels, some times as many as six in one train instead.
Likewise the C&O allegheny 2-6-6-6 mallets were very successful. The Algerian (PLM)4-6-2+2-6-4 streamlined Beyer Garrett was built for fast Passenger trains in Algeria and still holds the world speed record for articulated locomotives.
The Mig15 jet engine is probably not a locomotive but an attempt at snow removal. The New York Central built an experimental snow removal vehicle by mounting a jet engine on a flat car. It worked wonderfully blowing away the snow and the heat melted ice from the switches. Unfortunately it also blew away the ballast from the tracks, braking lineside windows and injuring passengers waiting for trains in stations as it passed!
I’m going to send this post to all my buddies at the Peninsula Model Railroad Club in Newort News VA USA.
I was very hesitant of posting the Weird and Wonderful video (but I’m glad I did now), because many moons ago I shared a link about a book I thought was wonderful (The Christmas Train) and got some crappy emails.
Which reminds me – I while back I asked for some book recommendations. Lots of you came back with Clive Cussler. Thank you all – wading through the Isaac Bell series at the mo.
Anyhow, please keep ’em coming. Business as usual next time.