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#1 roamingstop


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

I saw this on a link elsewhere (theregister.co.uk) and thought it would be quite interesting for those building steam locomotives but wanting the benefits of electric. Ahem


A unique- and apparently lunatic- locomotive scheme was to generate steam by electric heating. This appears to make no sense; having gone to all the trouble and expense of electrifying a railway line, to use the power to run a steam engine with its less-than-impressive efficiency, rather than simple electric motors, seems demented.
It was not. There was (as usual) a good reason.

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So who will be the first to add overheads to their nice old 0-6-0 locomotives; or indeed reinvigorate the 12V standard 7727 and 7730

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

Definitely an interesting prototype.


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

Now I've seen everything :laugh:
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:43 PM

Weird and wonderful. So strange it has to be true...
Won't be building one any time soon though.
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:20 PM

Interesting. Must have felt like a huge leap forward at the time after shoveling coal.
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:40 PM

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:04 AM

It has actually been built in lego by a French AFOL.  I have one rather bad photo (with the same reference) of it :

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I'm actually quite annoyed: the closeup I made is so blurry I can't even recognize it is a locomotive... One thing is that the white bit is actually part of a chain of ice cones to simulate steam/smoke coming from the smokestack...

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#8 roamingstop


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:06 AM

Those French... always beating the British. Actually it might be possible to find out who did it va these forums and flickR accounts.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

Well.. that's an interesting loco..

The Lego Loco looks like it turned out pretty good. From what I can see, it matches up with the photographed loco well.

A small part of me thinks that in a year or so, this type of engine will somehow make it into the "Thomas & Friends" show. Help us all.



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Posted 19 May 2015 - 06:53 PM

I know its stupid to reply but i know why they did this. The railways did not have enough coal so they used steam locomotives with electric stuff in it as a main power source. There was always a small fire in the firebox so if there were no overhead wires they could just use steam. A very clever solution in my opinion.

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