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When we think of locomotives of the past, we usually think of steam engines. Those certainly are the ones that fascinate us. But diesel and electric engines also have a long history and you'll find examples of each here. These pictures are taken from Railroad Scenes from Shop and Road in the 1917 edition of The Wonder Book of Knowledge. The captions are reproduced from the book.



Modern Locomotives

The upper view shows a passenger locomotive used on the fastest heavy express trains. It weighs 272,000 pounds, with tender 70 feet long, and has a draw-bar pull of 30,700 pounds. The lower view shows a Mallet Articulated Type freight locomotive, one of the largest ever built. It consists of two units linked together to give flexibility to the wheel base. The locomotive is 108 feet 10 inches long, weighs 700,000 pounds, and has a draw-bar pull of 96,000 pounds. Oil is used for fuel.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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