Camel Back Steam Locomotives

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by dmb3006, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. dmb3006

    dmb3006 Member

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    Can someone tell me why this design was developed and used ?? It looks like the engine crews would have hated them.In the cold or wet weather. :cool:
  2. MCL_RDG

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    I think it's...

    ...because they look kewl.

    Mark :D
  3. jetrock

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    I'm sure they were fairly miserable--they were designed with very large fireboxes so they could use the cheapest and lowest-quality grades of coal. In order to accommodate this big firebox, the cab was placed above the boiler instead of in its traditional position. And yes, this made for a very cold, wet and miserable fireman in bad weather.
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