This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.
With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…Continue
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When I read that one of these locomotives was pressed into service in 1965, I could hardly believe my eyes.
But it's true. The WP class Pacifics were built for Indian Railways from 1947 through 1967. If we agree to call them 'streamliners' (in India, they prefer another definition - 'bullet nose'), here is the largest steam streamliner class…Continue
Once upon a time in the Middle East, there were mammoth-like creatures spreading steam and thirsty for water.
It comes as something of a surprise to many people to discover that in the early 1940s Iraq State Railways were in the forefront of design so far as the steam locomotive is concerned. In 1940 Iraq State Railways completed the…Continue
I'm sure you're familiar with this beauty:
Yes, she's famous. But it's no reason for her exclusion from our streamline line-up.
The Princess Coronation Class, or as more commonly known Duchess class (or 'Big Lizzies'), is considered to be Sir William Stanier’s ‘Opus Magnum’ for the former London Midland and…Continue
A steam wonder of the Diesel Era: streamline Garratt locomotive.
For starters, a short quote: "In 1934 the standard gauge between Algeria and Morocco was completed. The expresses Alger - Oran, hauled by the fantastic Garratts 231-132-AT, then BT, had cars for the express Oran - Casablanca..." (…Continue
They are back again, those streamliners, with a classic Peter Ewart poster:
You don't have to guess the make - it's THE Royal Hudson, Canadian Pacific Class H1d #2850. A semi-streamliner, like a lot of its contemporaries used by the same railway. And before we see it again, let's take a quick look at some slightly…Continue
If you think this column has run out of steam locomotives, you're totally wrong. We still have got a whole st(r)eamliner fleet at our shed. And today, after four diesels in a row, it's time to pay a tribute to the forgotten Seabord Air Line locos. The railroad's name is deceptive, suggesting aeroplanes, airports, etc. Actually, SAL had (almost) nothing to do with aviation, their name…Continue
How many horses a railroad needs to haul a full-size train? Not less than twenty-four hundred!
After the first United Pacific Streamliner, a 600hp three-car articulated set, came a 900hp six-car 10001 train, and soon afterwards - the City of Los Angeles, a six-car train hauled by a stand-alone 1200hp locomotive.…Continue
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This streamliner was supposed to become the Third Reich's standard express locomotive.
Different from all-new experimental 05 Class locos, the Class 01.10 (DRG Br.0110) was a development of the Class 01, built…Continue
Added by lord_k on April 1, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
A million-dollar look from an old poster:
That is the Sir Winston Dugan*. Numbered 620 (and first of its class - class 620), it had a chrome grate over the smokebox to "emulate" the grills on automobiles of the time (and was the only loco given this treatment). It was dark green with yellow stripes.
The poster comes from the…Continue
Added by lord_k on March 18, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
This is a short story of two steam locomotives, unsung in their day.
Bearing a striking resemblance to the famous A4 class of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), they belonged to smaller and slower B17 class, designed by Nigel Gresley in 1926-1927. The B17's had a lot in common with A1 Pacifics, built from 1924. The first of the class,…Continue
Added by lord_k on March 4, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
Where do I begin?.. Should we take a narrow gauge or a broad 'Indian' one? There are five main gauges in Argentina, you know.
At least two of these gauges - 1000mm and 1676mm (5 ft. 8 in.) once had streamliners running on them. In 1934, Buenos Aires Western Railway received one British-built diesel electric 48-seat railbus, powered by an Armstrong-Saurer 6BXD 122hp engine. The…Continue
One of the most stylish steam locomotive designs comes from Australia. It is the Victorian Railways S class:
The S class was the final design of the VR Chief Mechanical Engineer Alfred E Smith. Being VR's first three cylinder locomotive, it was influenced by Nigel Gresley's GNR A1 class 4-6-2 with its Gresley conjugated valve gear. The S class also showed…Continue
During their visit to France in 1938, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth proceeded from Calais to Paris in Pullman car hauled by a streamline locomotive:
The loco chosen for the Royal train was the SNCF 231C78, the one and only C-class Super Pacific fitted with streamline shrouding. Initially designated Nord 3.1280, it belonged to the third batch of the 231C…Continue
The Pennsylvania Railroad Class T looked fast just sitting there.
In the twilight years of steam locomotive developement, the scale of the American main line engine was reaching epic proportions. Greater size and power meant stronger, heavier reciprocating machinery; increasing the destructive forces of weight imbalance and of pulsing thrust upon railroad plant.…
Bold, beautiful and faster than anything steam-powered on Earth.
The story of the London and North Eastern Railway A4 Pacifics is brought to us by LNER Encyclopedia.
By the 1930s, the railways were beginning to see increased competition from road and air travel. It was clear that services between the…Continue
This will be a short one - more a query than an entry.
The locomotive pictured above is featured on Skyrocket.de (an excellent basic source of data on steam streamliners). It is designated as PO3 / 3800, one of the class of six built in 1936 for Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch…Continue
Rail Rockets are back! Signed, sealed, delivered. With an appropriate stamp:
The stamp was issued in 1935 to commemorate the German railroads centennial. It features a streamline steam locomotive of the new 05 Class (DRG Baureihe 05), designed by Adolph Wolf and built by Borsig works in Berlin-Tegel. The locos (there were only two of them in 1935) had 4-6-4…Continue
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Today, beautiful streamliners of the Reading Company:
The Reading inaugurated the Crusader on December 13, 1937 - a five-car trainset. Budd cars were built from stainless steel, with with a round-end observation car at each end of the streamliner. The Crusader operated between Jersey City and Philadelphia on a twice-daily round trip schedule.…Continue
Added by lord_k on July 24, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments
Probably the best steam-powered car ever. Luxurious. Fast. Fuel-efficient. Terribly expensive. Extremely rare.
The Doble steamers of the 1920's were almost miracles of precision, workmanship, performance, reliability and power. They simply ran away from the best of the competition -- Cadillac's, Lincoln's, Packard's, Piercs-Arrows, Rolls Royce, or what have you.
As for durability and…Continue
Added by lord_k on July 22, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments