History Of Steam Locomotives Documentary - History TV
A locomotive or engine is a rail transport vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from a place", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motivus, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotive engine, first used in the early 19th century to distinguish between mobile and stationary steam engines.
A locomotive has no payload capacity of its own, and its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks. In contrast, some trains have self-propelled payload-carrying vehicles. These are not normally considered locomotives, and may be referred to as multiple units, motor coaches or railcars. The use of these self-propelled vehicles is increasingly common for passenger trains, but rare for freight (see CargoSprinter). Vehicles which provide motive power to haul an unpowered train, but are not generally considered locomotives because they have payload space or are rarely detached from their trains, are known as power cars.
Traditionally, locomotives pulled trains from the front. However, push-pull operation has become common, where the train may have a locomotive (or locomotives) at the front, at the rear, or at each end.
Prior to locomotives, the motive force for railroads had been generated by various lower-technology methods such as human power, horse power, gravity or stationary engines that drove cable systems.
The first successful locomotives were built by Cornish inventor Richard Trevithick. In 1804 his unnamed steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren ironworks, near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Although the locomotive hauled a train of 10 long tons (11.2 short tons; 10.2 t) of iron and 70 passengers in five wagons over nine miles (14 km), it was too heavy for the cast iron rails used at the time.
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The best kept secret that none of you locomotive men seem to want to talk about is the steam ejector. AT some point it occurred to me that there had to be some way to get water back into a pressurized boiler but there was never any talk about how this was done. At this time I did not even know how to ask the question. It took about three or four days asking the question in various ways And then I came across the steam ejector. Finally I found a video of this component and to me, it is the most advanced thing about the entire engine. Why don''t you guys want to talk about it?
1 of these days, 1 of these super fast trains are gonna have a head on.
With another super fast train, its not a question of IF. Its a question of when,
and the end result, well put it this way, i wouldn,t like to be on either of the trains.
It will happen, just a matter of when.....
While the theoretical implications of a bullet train head-on collision is mind-numbing, you have to realize the whole system is founded on remote monitoring of the conditions of the track so as to prepare it for the train that is coming, and there is no way to prepare a segment of track for two trains that are coming from opposite directions. The whole maglev function would simply shut down, and both trains would stop before they collide.
What a load of US inspired nonsense. TGV's do not have locomotives in the normal sense as they are effectively Electirc multiple units (EMU's) with power cars each end, and distributed power, including powered axles in other vehicles. And as to steam history nothing of any sense is mentioned.
Mean ~SNEAKY~ Super Agent BILL HOWES has relinquished ~ALIEN~ Technology to American Train companies. Someday, American trains wheels will not be touching the tracks and will travel at 300+ mph. "The United States Gov. is ~FURIOUS~ with me for helping The American people," said Bill Howes, Now known as "The ~SNEAKY~ Renegade @CIA Special Operations Agent". A $10.00 reward will be paid to anyone who knows of his whereabouts. -Bill Howes reporting for these devious news programs @cnnbrk @CBSNews @ABCNetwork @NBCNewYork @FoxNews
The hours of service when steam was in service is wrong. The original hours of service law was no crew could work more than 16 hours without 10 hours of rest, or if you chose to show 15 hours and 59 minutes of time on duty a minimum of 8 hours rest was required. In the early 70's the hours of service dropped to 14 hours, then the present 12 hours of service.
It wasn't uncommon for a fireman to shovel anywhere from 12 tons of coal to as much as 25 plus tons in a 16 period of service. This amount of work eventually caused the power stoker law to take effect. Any steam locomotive over a certain size required a stoker to feed the coal to the firebox and most all the engines were so equipped. A perfect example is Southern Railway 4501 Southerns first 2-8-2. It remained hand fired until it's last rebuilding where it was equipped with a stoker from a locomotive in China plus instead of two steam injectors for feedwater it was equipped at the same time with an SA class feedwater pump and water heater for ease of operation and better fuel efficiency. You can see this by watching the YouTube video titled And then There Was One. Link below.
Why is this video still up? It's an insult to any intelligence. down voted for misleading description. Oversimplified nonsense obviously aimed at children ! This is not a history of Steam Locomotives. no mention of Britain where it all began and still holds the steam speed record. There is nothing historical about it at all. Very sloppy and inaccurate.
"During the early 20th Century locomotives rarely hit 100 mph." False. There are numerous documented instances where a locomotive hit 100 mph in the early 20th Century, and even some where the locomotive exceeded 100 mph.
so just out of curiosity when are you planning on showing the history of steam locomotives. that's what this video said it was but all I see is diesel and electronic. nothing steam!!!! don't say something if it's not true!!!!!!
WE HOLD THE RECORD, BRITAIN HAS NO MENTION, IF IT WASN'T FOR PEOPLE SUCH AS ROBERT AND GEORGE STEPHENSON, ISSAC KINGDOM BRUNEL, OR SIR NIGEL GRESLEY, AMERICA WOULD HAVE NO RAILWAYS, NOR FRANC OR OTHER RAILWAY COUNTIES!!!!!!!!!!!
4000 horsepower is in a big number... but no matter how often I have studied that type of specific number (as it applies to trains, which somewhat sadly I've done a lot) it never seems like enough power for what they do. These things are pulling millions of pounds. I still can't fathom how they can produce the torque to move such "purposely heavy" iron and steel. It's cool when the guy shows the size of the cylinder but to me it would need to be the diameter of a city bus to do what it needs to do. But clearly I know nothing. Also this is mistitled. This is not a history of steam trains - this is just an 'all about choo-choos' thing.
btpcmsag torque and tractive effort are different things. Torque comes from an engine, tractive effort is a product of torque from an engine in relation to external factors like rolling friction, wheel size, traction (weight pushing each wheel down). You need to know tractive effort to know how much weight to can get moving, but when you’re talking engines it’s all Torque and Horsepower.
32:30 My great grandfather was a coal miner back in the 1920's and 1930's. The trick the "old guys" tried to play on the new guys was betting them they couldn't piss on the overhead electric line. I'm not sure they were told it was an electrical line though.
I never met the man myself, just heard storys from my dad about the stories his "Pa" told him.
Let's see: TSA, airport parking, LAX, terrorism, catastrophic crashes, planes disappearing, Bermuda Triangle, new aircraft falling out of the sky, can't carry liquid over 3 oz., no cigarette lighters allowed, all the other passengers are pulling their hair out with the stress they simply can't stand, your alkaline water drinking must STOP NOW; but going by train is its own vacation, you get better service, you can see the countryside, move around and socialize, have a party, eat DECENT FOOD, use your cell phone, free wifi, lie down and take a nap, plenty of room, the bathroom actually works and you don't feel like a sardine in a can, everyone is happy and having a good time. Any more questions?
agankachu09. We hate metric. We measure in WHOLE NUMBERS and. Whole.fractions. It makes better sence in measurments. Per example, why would we determine 80 degrees farienhight as 27 degrees Celsius. To much of a number spread. As also in comparrison to speed. 60 mph vs 100 kph. Could care less about metric.
Number of things i have issue with ..rather than use graphite or grease on the wheel flange, they can use bearings to reduce friction instead . A diesel engine that big just to power a generator seems a complete over kill.
The thing is high speed rail COULD work if it could compete with airplanes. Raleigh just opened a brand new train station, if we had a real high speed rail line going up the east coast you could travel from Raleigh to Washington DC in about 3 hours, and you'd be starting and leaving from the middle of the cities. No getting out to the airport, no TSA, no being shoehorned on a plane in a seat you really don't fit in.
If 0bama had spent that trillion dollars in "stimulus" money wisely on something like the start of a national Maglev network it could have been a real investment that would be paying off by now. It would even be something (really the only thing) that his administration could point to as an actual accomplishment.
no build = great. They said it themselves- it will be used for urban transport which doesn't need the speed so wheeled trains are fine. Add the fact of govt boondoggles (can u say cal high speed rr ???) and this is just blowing a lot of money to reinvent the wheel. Amtrak blows enough money seeing there is no real demand to keep it afloat and no way these would not be another sinkhole.
This is definitely NOT a history of steam. It is the glorification of an engine builder and safety . CSX gets a big play. But CSX has no steam in the lines. Nice to know they are trying to make these monsters are being developed and designed with efficiency and safety in mind but it would be better to see new developments in much more efficient steam locomotives. There are migher efficiency engines possible, some were even built. But the Diesel boys won the game.
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