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  Locomotive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Steam locomotives are less efficient than their more modern diesel and electric counterparts and require much greater manpower to operate and service.
Steam locomotives were in regular use until 2004 in China, where coal is a much more abundant resource than petroleum for diesel fuel.
Steam locomotives built for steep rack and pinion railways frequently have the boiler tilted relative to the wheels, so that the boiler remains roughly level on steep climbs.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Locomotive   (2445 words)

  
 Steam locomotive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Steam locomotives were the dominant form of rail traction until superseded in the mid 20th century by diesel and electric locomotives.
The typical steam locomotive employs a horizontal water tube boiler with the firebox at the rear, partly inside the cab which shields the locomotive operators from the weather.
The introduction of diesel-electric locomotives in the first part of the 20th century spelled the end of steam locomotives, though they were used in the North American and Europe to mid-century, and continued in use in other countries to the end of the century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Steam_locomotive   (4465 words)

  
 History of the locomotive , the steam train , photos , description .
The history of the early days of the locomotive is closely related to the evolution of the automatic steam vehicle devised to circulate in the roads and later left aside after being developed the transport on tracks.
The steam engine, that is to say, the cylinder with the piston, was arranged vertically, and the connecting bars represented in the figure by the D, that acted as a connecting rod, and the L, connected with the motor axis.
The steam, after having operated, escaped by the chimney to increase the shot, and this system it depended on the friction of the driving wheels on the tracks to assure sufficient traction power.
www.sapiensman.com /old_trains/english.htm   (1605 words)

  
 George Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Steam from the boiler is fed to the cylinders to move pistons in a back-and- forth (reciprocating) motion.
The firebox at the rear of the boiler is fed with coal.
This the locomotive is never caught "on dead center",that is, with all connecting rods straight forward or back and unable to turn the whells.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Acropolis/6914/stephe.htm   (332 words)

  
 Richard Leonard's Steam Locomotive Archive - Non-Steam Rarities
Although my primary rail attraction has always been the steam locomotive, by the mid-1950s this species had become so scarce that I was usually reduced to photographing diesels and other items of interest on or along the right-of-way.
Steam, diesel and electric propulsion were not the only railroad motive power options in the 1950s.
The turbine locomotives burned a low-cost fuel, but required so much of it that they were equipped with tenders like a steam locomotive — and, in fact the Union Pacific re-used tenders from scrapped steam engines on some of the gas turbines.
www.railarchive.net /rlsteam/nonsteam.htm   (2831 words)

  
 SDRM How to Boot a Steam Locomotive
Wisps of steam curl around most of the valves that are open to the outside, as it leaks in small quantities past 60 year old valve seats.
The steam gauge stops its steady advance, as I am putting too much cold water into the boiler for it to recover at such a low pressure, but the water level is rising.
Steam pressure is approaching 130 pounds, and I open the cylinder cocks and set the brakes.
www.sdrm.org /faqs/hostling.html   (3687 words)

  
 Catatonk Shay Owner's Manual
The Catatonk Shay steam powered model locomotive is a precision mechanism and should be treated with respect and handled with care.
Steam locomotives of any size are potentially hazardous and should be treated with great respect.
With the locomotive sitting level, remove the dome cover and the boiler filler plug beneath it, then fill the boiler to the brim and replace the filler plug.
www.steamup.com /sitgonline/forum/articles/shaymanual/shaymanual.html   (1883 words)

  
 Steam Locomotive No. 4039   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Steam Locomotive No. 4039 was built November 1942 for the U.S. War Department by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) of Schenectady, NY (ALCO Construction No. 70421; Corps of Engineers Spec.
In October 1991, the locomotive was acquired by a private collector, and this time it was shipped to Honesdale, PA where the new owner planned to restore the engine to operation.
The Museum's ultimate goal is the preserve and rehabilitate to operating condition this Steam Locomotive that is historic to the region and one of the few remaining in North America.
www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.org /eq_4039.html   (827 words)

  
 Animated Engines, Steam Locomotive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In a steam engine, the boiler (fueled by wood, oil, or coal) continuously boils water in an enclosed chamber creating high-pressure steam.
Steam from the boiler enters the steam chest and is admitted to the front end of the cylinder by the valve slide (illustrated in blue).
The steam engine has a 'dead' spot at the extreme end of each stroke while the valve is transitioning from power to exhaust.
www.keveney.com /Locomotive.html   (268 words)

  
 Restoring Hardin Southern Railroad Steam Locomotive 4 To Return To Service   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Our historic steam locomotive Number Four was built in 1914 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Eddystone, Pennsylvania and acquired by the Hardin Southern Railroad in July of 1998.
This steam locomotive is right at home on the Hardin Southern’s tracks, for in the glory years of steam power many sisters worked for railroads in this same region of America.
The call to assist in returning steam locomotive Number Four to active service goes out to anyone wishing to join with hands on participation, funding support or even supplies and equipment.
www.hsrr.com /steam.htm   (1057 words)

  
 Illinois Railway Museum - Steam Department
The steam department is comprised of over twelve volunteers who help restore the steam locomotive collection.
We are all interested in preserving the steam locomotive for future generations.
While these are some of the benefits to volunteering in the Steam Department, being a member has other advantages.
www.irm.org /steamdept/index.html   (513 words)

  
 UP Steam Locomotive No. 844
Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad.
The steam engine regained its rightful number in June 1989, after the diesel was retired.
For more information on steam locomotives, as well as No. 844, take a look at our Historical UP Locomotives section.
www.uprr.com /aboutup/excurs/up844.shtml   (225 words)

  
 Steam Locomotive Builders
The American Locomotive Company was known for its steam locomotives of which the 4-6-4 Hudsons and the 4-8-4 Niagras built for the New York Central and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and the 4-8-8-4 Big Boys it built for the Union Pacific were its finiest examples.
In the late 1940's it was very clear that the steam locomotive days were over and each of the big three steam locomotive builders were far behind EMD with diesel designs and customers.
In the later days of the steam era, Baldwin was in the forefront of locomotive construction with the many 2-8-2 Mikados it built and its ability to build small quantities of unique designs, such as the Cab Forward 4-8-8-2's it built for the Southern Pacific.
www.steamlocomotive.com /builders   (1872 words)

  
 Jersey Central (CNJ) Steam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The largest steam locomotive the CNJ ran was the 2-8-2 rear-cab heavy mikado, which pulled the fast freights and later the slow freights when diesels started to take over.
These pages include tables of all the steam locomotive types that ran on the CNJ in the 1940s and early 50s - and the tables also provide access to profiles of each type of locomotive.
The last table (no.s and dates) lists each locomotive by number and shows the years it was running.
www.insighting.co.uk /homauchchunk/steam.htm   (355 words)

  
 Howstuffworks "How Steam Engines Work"
Steam engines were the first engine type to see widespread use.
Steam engines powered all early locomotives, steam boats and factories, and therefore acted as the foundation of the Industrial Revolution.
On a steam locomotive, the cross-head normally links to a drive rod, and from there to coupling rods that drive the locomotive's wheels.
travel.howstuffworks.com /steam.htm/printable   (581 words)

  
 America on the Move | Steam locomotive, Southern Railway No. 1401   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Inspired by handsomely painted British locomotives, the Ps-4's green and gold livery set these locomotives apart from the funereal fl associated with most American steam locomotives in the 20th century.
The distinctive green was exclusive to locomotives on the Southern that were assigned to the company's principal passenger trains, such as the 'Crescent Limited,' the 'Piedmont Limited,' and others.
The 4-6-2 'Pacific' type steam locomotive, for passenger trains, was introduced late in the 19th century and perfected after 1910.
americanhistory.si.edu /onthemove/collection/object_15.html   (1128 words)

  
 FECRS - 253 Steam Locomotive Association
The crown jewel of the consist is the steam crane that was part of the “wreck train”, similar to the one that ran down to Matecumbe Key to salvage the wreckage from the 1935 hurricane that put an end to the F.E.C. Key West Extension.
The branch pipes (or steam delivery pipes) have been detached for inspection and cleaning as new seals are prepared for their coupling to the drive cylinders.
The locomotive cab ceiling has been completed by Matthew Holbrook some time ago and now we are working on preparing the tongue-in-groove paneling that will mount to the framing that we installed last month.
www.fecrs.com /FEC253.html   (1976 words)

  
 GGRM. Steam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Number 4, a small 0-6-0 type steam locomotive, was built in 1911 by the Vulcan Iron Works in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
In later years, the locomotive number was placed on the cab and the words STATE BELT RAILROAD OF CALIFORNIA were written on the tender.
The locomotive eventually found its way to a scrap yard in Stockton, California, where it sat for many years until it was donated to the Promontory Chapter, National Railway Historical Society.
www.ggrm.org /about_the_museum/steams/statebelt4.htm   (428 words)

  
 America's First Steam Locomotive, 1830
At first the gray had the best of it, for his steam would be applied to the greatest advantage on the instant, while the engine had to wait until the rotation of the wheels set the blower to work.
The blower whistled, the steam blew off in vapory clouds, the pace increased, the passengers shouted, the engine gained on the horse, soon it lapped him - the silk was plied - the race was neck and neck, nose and nose - then the engine passed the horse, and a great hurrah hailed the victory.
But it was not repeated; for just at this time, when the gray's master was about giving up, the band which drove the pulley, which drove the blower, slipped from the drum, the safety valve ceased to scream, and the engine for want of breath began to wheeze and pant.
www.eyewitnesstohistory.com /tomthumb.htm   (809 words)

  
 Related links
The first part of any steam engine lubrication program is ensuring only dry, clean steam reaches the engine so the cylinder lubricants do not have to overcome the problems associated with poor quality boiler water and scale formation.
Howie and Elva Mason and their staff are very accommodating and they build some of the most beautiful live steam locomotives in the industry.
The Northwest Steam Society, a non-profit volunteer organization, was formed in 1973 for the mutual benefit of steam enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
www.steamenginelube.com /links.htm   (808 words)

  
 Volunteers Restore Steam Locomotive in Railyard
Association President Steve Sprekelmeier and his volunteer crew (and one paid worker) are in the process of restoring the last of 29 steam engines purchased by the Florida East Coast Railway.
The steam crane that was part of a “wreck train”, similar to the one that ran down to Matecumbe Key to salvage the wreckage from the 1935 hurricane that put an end to the F.E.C. Key West Extension.
Steve’s father is a train aficionado as well and Steam learned the love of trains over the years.
www.discoverlivesteam.com /magazine/60.html   (674 words)

  
 Geared Steam Locomotive Works - Shay Heisler Climax Dunkirk Baldwin Willamette Bell Davenport Dewey More...
little known sub-group of railroad steam locomotives consisted of engines that used gears together with steam cylinders (common on all steam locomotives) to produce more "constant" pulling power than the conventional and more prevalent "rod" type of steam locomotive.
geared locomotives were the "4 wheel drive" versions of their cousins, the "rod" locomotives.
The geared locomotives were lighter, smaller, and had geared transmissions to provide steady, constant power to all wheels or drivers (as they are known in the railroad world).
www.gearedsteam.com   (431 words)

  
 Steamtown NHS: Special History Study
Fitch's little locomotive operated on track made of wooden beams held in place by wheels with flanges on the outside of the wood rails, rather than inside as later became standard railroad practice.
The first railroad locomotive built in the United States that actually served on a railroad was built in 1830 by the West Point Foundry Association of New York City for the South Carolina Railroad at Charleston, South Carolina.
Two 2-6-0 locomotives are in the collection, one with an all-weather cab for use along the Canadian border in upstate New York, the other one of only two Delaware, Lackawanna and Western steam locomotives to survive, and thus the only locomotive in Scranton on tracks of what had been its own railroad.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/steamtown/shs2.htm   (1704 words)

  
 The Ultimate Steam Page
Despite their apparent demise over 40 years ago, steam locomotives continue to work productively in remote locations around the world.
Numerous serious attempts have been made to bring steam locomotives back into general railway use.
A few individuals have continued to refine steam locomotive design.
www.trainweb.org /tusp   (187 words)

  
 International Working Steam Locomotives 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The International Steam Pages were established in late 1996 to publicise steam action in those parts of the World which are not covered elsewhere on the Internet.
And alongside my interest in steam locomotives, I have discovered the joys of stationary steam engines, in Indonesia, India and Myanmar.
Regrettably the crass commercialisation of many of the steam operations has caused me to stop reporting most of my own trips, but rest assured we are still out there enjoying real Chinese steam which is the best in the world.
dspace.dial.pipex.com /steam/internat.htm   (1826 words)

  
 Racing a Steam Locomotive
The locomotive, a restored 1927 Baldwin 4-8-4, was pulling a train of classic rail cars, carrying rail fans from Union Station in Los Angeles to the National Railway Historical Society annual convention, in Williams, south of the Grand Canyon.
I've been wanting an excuse to ride that California stretch of 66 out to Amboy, and the chance to see a steam locomotive live on the rails was irresistible.
The locomotive made a grand entrance at the far end of the bridge, headlight shining, engine chuffing, white smoke streaming out of the stack.
www.gazette9.com /racing66/train.html   (2235 words)

  
 3716 Consolidation Steam Locomotive
The 3716 is a 2-8-0 Consolidation type steam locomotive.
It was built for the CPR in October of 1912 at the Montreal Locomotive Works in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
For the first dozen years of the century, the Consolidation was the Canadian Pacific Railway's standard heavy freight locomotive.
www.rrsites.com /3716   (213 words)

  
 Steamlocomotive dot Com
Surviving Steam Locomotive Database would be a good place to begin your search.
Like many subjects, with steam locomotives, there are certain questions that get asked over and over again.
One really common question is "How does a steam locomotive work?" I have tried to collect many of these questions and provide answers in the Steam Locomotive dot Com FAQ.
www.steamlocomotive.com   (332 words)

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