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The Golden Age of Steam Trains Part:03

This is part three of the Golden Age of Steam Trains. This part shows the completion of the trancontinental railroad. Then it goes into the turn of the century and shows new steam locomotive technology. It shows why the articulated was invented. And it will show roundhouse operations.

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Great Central Railway Golden Oldies Gala 2011

Featuring the oldest working steam locomotives in the UK ; Furness Number 20, Bellerophon, and 662 Martello, plus Jinty 47406, GWR 5542, and Planet and Rocket replicas. -Furness No.20 built 1863, and the oldest working locomotive in the UK. -Bellerophon built 1874 -662 Martello built 1875 -Planet replica based on 1830 design -Rocket replica based on 1829 design.

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The Golden Age of Steam Trains Part: 02

Part two of The Golden age of Steam Trains. This part deals with the time during the civil war which shows a 1920s comedy movie about a train chase. Then it shows train operations after the civil war and then the beggining of the making of the transcontinental railroad.

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The Golden Age of Steam Trains Part: 01

This is one of the best train videos I have ever seen. They have a lot of footage of the history of steam trains from popular freight locomotives to streamlined steam locomotives. The narration is neat, and it is rather poetic throughout most of the video. The music composition is wonderful. The video quality may not be very good, because this was originally an old VHS with older video quality. This part of the video talks about how a steam engine works and about the early age of railroads.

25 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - June 26, 2011 at 10:36 pm

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The Golden Age of the Steam Locomotive: With over 250 Classic Illustrations

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Over 250 illustrations showcase the practical, the curious, and the often grotesque locomotives and cars that existed from 1765 to 1893, among them, the John Hancock, Londoner, Mud Digger, Old Ironsides, Robert Fulton, Tom Thumb, and York, as well as passenger and freight cars, seats, vestibules, and other elements. A comprehensive, profusely illustrated record…. More >>

The Golden Age of the Steam Locomotive: With over 250 Classic Illustrations

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34067 Tangmere Golden Arrow Folkestone Harbour 24th January 2009

The film starts at Nutfield on the Redhill to Tonbridge line. We then move to Folkestone Harbour to see the train arrive for the first of two trips along the 1in30 branch to the junction with the main line at Folkestone East. This is a repeat of last April’s railtour which was supposed to have been the very last train to use the line. However, the redevelopment of the harbour area has been delayed so we have been given another chance to see Tangmere at work on this interesting little branch line. For information and times of steam railtours goto

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Will the Steam Locomotive see a second Golden Age?

It’s every steam lover’s dream, if not every railfan’s dream…The Steam locomotive, back from the brink and thriving. The haunting wail of the whistle in the still nights once more, the huffing of the smokestacks once again assaulting the ears on a regular basis, rising from the ashes of history like a phoenix and taking its place as “king of the rails” once again.

The beauty of the steam locomotive, especially in this ‘green’ age, is that most of the emissions going up the stack are steam and water vapor, which the plants love, and that it will burn anything that will burn, including hydrogen and natural gas, cleaner fuels that would enable the iron horses to meet carbon regulations. The old claim that the diesil is more efficient and/or more powerful is, in my humble opinion, a load of bull-hockey, for I know for a fact that it takes five diesil units to do the work of a single UP 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy”, especially over the grueling Sherman Hill of Wyoming. The only reason steam was traded in for the diesils was for conveiniance, for they required less in the way of labor for servicing, and therefore less expense and more profit for the big-wigs, so the diesils naturally triumphed.
Steam locomotives required a large labor pool for their upkeep and maintenance, which could be a good thing in this horrible economy, i.e. more jobs.

Another bonus is that you don’t have to be a technician to run or understand steam, if she quits out on the road, you get a hammer and a fire and you fix the dern thing or you bring her in on her side, these days they just cut the unit out and have to use a specially trained mechanic to fix the complex diesil engines and/or the electric traction motors.

I’ve read that a steam locomotve utilizes about 30% (at best) of its thermal energy to actually turn the wheels. Your automobile uses just 0.1%, due to most of the energy being wasted through friction, both in the engine itself, and through the transmission, with its gears and so forth. Although only 30% or so efficient, a steam loco utilizes ALL that energy, for its engine ( the two steam cylinders) is directly on the wheels, negating the need for a wasteful transmission or traction motors. In all fact, you get the same power-per-axle with steam as you do with diesil, if not a wee bit more.

With today’s advanced manufacturing techniques, we could cut down on the labor cost to build a steam locomotive, as well as make the engine more efficient, by using insulating materials in the boiler and the steam pipes to better utilize the heat, using cleaner fuels to make the steam, as well as many other improvements that are too numerous to mention here.

To sum it all up, I think that the steam locomotive deserves a second chance, especially in the freight-moving department, where they could really be of good use, cutting down on operating costs, as well as bringing a smile to many…..

Your comments are appreciated, and I would be glad to get into a dialouge with anyone willing to dicuss this subject or any others you’d be willing to talk about. Please feel free to send me an E-mail or two with your comments or further questions!

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Southern Steam – The Golden Arrow through Tonbridge c1960

Tonbridge, still recognisable today. The juice rail is in situ, but there’s not an EMU to be seen in this short colour clip filmed at Tonbridge on the South Eastern main line around 1960. There’s a hair in the gate, I know, I know… 1) The Golden Arrow in the charge of a rebuilt West Country Class 4-6-2. Which one cannot be discerned by SouthernRailwayFilms, but they are sure that one of the Bulleid cognoscenti will be able to advise. 2) An N Class 2-6-0 arrives tender first with a three coach Maunsell set. 3) An N Class 2-6-0 and a BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T depart with three BR Mk1 coaches in tow. The headcode is for a Redhill/reading service, and the double heading of such a short train suggests that the Standard has failed, or this is a balancing move.

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