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Here's something you don't see very often.


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The shorter video starts out with a black locomotive (the Mikado, 5917?) pulling a bunch of red passenger cars, which is so far ahead that the locomotive on the train next to it is just about even with the last car. The green locomotive (3642?) is dead last. But over the course of just that short bit of the race, the second locomotive almost catches up with the first, the third one is also gaining speed, and the green one looks like The Little Engine That Could.

I don't see why a 100-year-old steam engine shouldn't still run very nearly as well as it did when it rolled out of the factory, if it was properly maintained. Steam engines aren't really that complicated, mechanically - that's one of the things I like about steam. You can see how everything works, how pistons push levers that turn gears that push levers that turn wheels. And if those gears and levers and pistons and wheels are kept in good condition (and/or replaced when necessary, even if someone has to hand-machine a part that hasn't been manufactured since the Jazz Age), the engine should just keep running.

Did 5917 win?

Edited at 2016-04-11 10:50 am (UTC)

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