Monday, February 4, 2008

Little vertical-boilered locomotive

Delightful little vertical-boilered locomotive. Built by SLM in Winterthur, Switzerland, this is for 50cm to 75cm gauges - approx 20" to 2'6". It's about two meters long and just a little more than that high.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Three-truck Shay

Drawing of a three-truck Shay from the 1906 Locomotive Dictionary.

Narrow gauge contractor's locomotive

I like searching Google Books, as I've said before. This delightful engraving of a narrow gauge 0-4-0 saddle tank steam locomotive comes from Appleby's Illustrated Handbook of Machinery, an illustrated handbook from Jessop & Appleby Bros., published in 1903. It looks about 2 ft gauge to me.

It's interesting how it appears to have, instead of firebox "legs", merely a wider section of boiler barrel at the firebox end. Perhaps a marine type boiler like a Bagnall? Or perhaps it's just a mis-interpretation by the illustrator. Anyone know?