Friday, April 1, 2011

The Electro-Steam Locomotive

Port Townsend, today. Three or four times a year I get a package of “clippings” from my buddy Mike, who lives in England. The package includes articles on this and that. Mostly stuff from Great Britain and the Continent.

That's how I got this gem, the story explaining the development of the electric steam locomotive.

A simple concept, really, that works similar to the immersion heater we use for heating cups of instant coffee or tea. Just pop the coil in the cup and plug it in.

They've been around for a long time. I used one all the time in college for making hot cups of Sanka and Ovaltine - great for those all night cram sessions.

In this case, juice is drawn down from the over head trolley system, heating the water in the boiler, and away she went! From what I understand, the Milwaukee Road took a hard look at this technology, but heating water on a 4-6-2 took quite a while!

So here is the
story of the electro-steam locomotive!

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train games said...

miniature kettle indeed :) nice story

Italia said...

Continue this good work. Excellent post!

Unknown said...

I see you have images of the Harris track-laying machine. This is likely the machine invented by my ancestor, George F. Harris. Can you post where the photo/drawing are from so I can do further research? Thank you.

Robert in Port Townsend said...

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