Discussion in 'transport' started by mrs quoad, Sep 8, 2018.
And how does it go?
5 big cylinders, two small up top.
Is it some sort of railway engineering, running on compressed air or similar?
Looks like it could be?
What's the purpose of going to so much trouble to power it ?
Given it looks to be contemporary with steam locos so it presumably isn't due to fire issues .. perhaps weight ?
I suppose if you had a lot of them you could have one central power house to charge them up ...
Perhaps it is for use in high risk environments. Years ago I worked in an area that stored very highly flammable, carcinogenic, chemicals. Perhaps something like this could have been used there. (We used special tankers and pumps)
Or maybe in arsenals.
Suspect it’s for mining, they used compressed air locomotives for obvious reasons.
We're gonna need a bigger balloon.
Britain's nuclear deterrent pre-Trident.
I've not met one of these, but I'm inclined to agree with the above.
There's some environments where you would not want anything that puts out smoke or risk of sparks. One option was 'fireless' steam locomotives which got filled full of steam at a safe spot then could trundle around safely.
more about mining railways (including picture of something fairly similar) on wikipedia
It’s from a mine.
Fucking hell. I've proper got the fear now, knowing you were let loose in a "high risk environment". I'm only surprised that Armageddon didn't ensue!!!
Yeah someone who is not safe with an iron should not be let loose in a high risk environment,
Slightly related, my big yellow Pashley bike was (ahem) ‘borrowed’ from a former chemical works in South Wales where the fitters had to cycle everywhere due to the explosive risks from using combustion engines. A bloody big site too, they must have been pretty fit.
Yeah, sorry, asked a bloke on a train about it a short while later! Mining train, compressed air to 200... erm. I’m thinking psi but it must be bar, given he was talking in his second language and wouldn’t do ps?! Could do about 2km before a refill, with refill stations underground.
They also had a tireless Stan engine.
Which seem to be the only engines they run. Idk why - perhaps bc they run through a forest Tho he intimated they sometimes run firey steam through it, tho. Erm. He only described fireless engines.
Separate names with a comma.