Category:Streamlined locomotives and trains

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Models and toys based on streamlined locomotives and trains.

Some other notable steam streamliners

After the success of the Flying Hamburger, steam locomotive designers around the world decided that streamlining represented the future of fast trains, and took appropriate steps:

  • The three German DRG Class 5 streamlined locos 001/002/003 (1935/6/7) were intended to do for steam what the streamlining on the Flying Hamburger had done for diesel. 002 gained the world speed record in 1936.
  • The US 1935 4-4-2 Milwaukee Road class A locos (ALCO) were designed to haul the Hiawatha train service and to cruise at over 100mph.
  • The US 1937 CNW Class E-4 were also built by ALCO and had very similar specs to the Class A.
  • The 1939 Pennsylvania Railroad S1 ("the Big Train" or "Rocket Train") was a huge one-off steam loco with an Art Deco shell designed by Raymond Loewy. The loco exhibited at the 1939 Worlds Fair.
Over 140 feet long, with a 6-4-4-6 configuration, the S1 had two sets of drive gear running two four-wheel sets each in a duplex configuration, but unlike most other duplex locos, the eight drivewheels were rigidly fixed to the frame. this made for a smoother ride, but made the loco incapableof navigating tight curves or awkward sections of track, and the s1 was very limited with respect to where it coudl be used. the rigid fixing of two independent drive systems also meant that the S! was prone to slippage when one set of drivewheels briefly had less traction than the other (which could happen when track was less than perfectly flat).
The S1 was numbered 6100, which was coincidentally the same number as the LMS "Royal Scot" loco that had already toured the US.
  • The 1942 Pennsylvania Railroad S2 ("the Shark", again designed by Loewy) was a slightly shorter (and therefore more usable) development of the S1, and two prototypes and fifty production locos were built.
It had the same "rigid duplex" design as the S1, and although it had proportionally more weight on its drivewheels (4-4-4-4 rather than 6-4-4-6), it still sufferred from damage due to wheel-slippage, although engineer's report blamed this on badly-trained drivers, and on drivers trying to pushign the speed over the recommended 100mph limt to speeds allegedly as high as 140mph to make up time.


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