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by Engineman Preserved Wook, B&M (retd)

The posting below, in dieselpunks.org, caught my eye:

http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blogs/sunday-streamline-10-lner-w1

Also, here is their home page:

http://www.dieselpunks.org/

The first write-up is about the type of twentieth century steam locomotive design that is actually completely late-modern and in which the smoothness of form is integral to the function.  That integrity, in this case of Depression-era English LNER experimental and A-series steam locomotives, is completely unlike most contemporaneous American “streamliners”.  The latter, at a second glance, were mainly of sheetmetal cladding, “added on” as an afterthought and that often took visible running-ripples from the wind.

The industrial-design work of undoubtedly gifted artists such as Raymond Loewy, for the Pennsylvania RR, and Henry Dreyfuss for the New York Central, was also harnessed to an emerging consensus omnium about the role of design in 1930s American national economic recovery.  The ideological underpinnings of the American industrial-design “streamliners” (there were many of these workers besides Dreyfuss and Loewy!) caused workers self-consciously to reach for “modernity” as a kind of ding an sich.  This quest, potentially at least in conflict with performance goals, would go far to carry design as such away from strictly engineering criteria.  The story is comprehensively set forth by Jeffrey L Meikle, in 1979.  *

However, if you will take the trouble to do for yourself a (more…)

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by Engineman Wook

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[with a tip of the “Down East” tile to Oz Pete, Down Under!]

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This is a 1974 documentary about steam railroading from Australia; it is a cut above most of the here-and-now footage of vintage steam being operated today.  Most postcontemporary footage, for instance of UP Challeneger 3985, shows mainly WalMart postmodern people with no real technical knowledge, oohing and aahing along the right of way and fidgeting with their digital cameras.  One suspects in not a few cases, of course, that these “heartland folks” are just fresh from making naked movies of themselves in bed with each others spouses after church, for YouPorn.  Or something.

This Australian Film Board movie, however, features actual trainmen, it is the real thing and it shows, especially interesting to me and first of all in the bloody morning (!), the impression of an ashmonkey actually firing the girl up.  The locomotive is an ALCo designed 4-6-2, with New South Wales RY tweaks. 

Part one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j27iDy0KJa8

And two:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Js_tB2ZDs&NR=1

OZ Pete, an oldtime NSW railyman and who sent me these links for Xmas, last year, says that the part II safeworking bit is exactly how it was done.  In aid of all that, once you log on, you can (more…)

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posted by Engineman Wook

Columbus Railroads.com is a detailed regional rail history site down there in Ohio:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/index.htm

They also have a “Sights & Sounds” category:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/sounds.htm

The one that catches my ear is “PRR J1a 6410 and Santa Fe 5035 at Bellevue, Ohio”:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/6419%20&%205035.htm

In it you can hear and compare both the PRR’s own 2-10-4 J1 and the PRR-leased AT&SF 2-10-4 5000-class as they each pass by (more…)

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posted by Engineman Preserved Wook

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THIS Is the works for February as to my online findings; each site speaks for itself…a GOOD thing, too, as I don’t have time just now to chisel out any synopses (hehehe) — EPW

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Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields-link — 021411:

http://members.tripod.com/airfields_freeman/

Ball Railroad Watches-link — 021211:

http://www.worldtempus.com/en/brands/partner-brands/ball-watch/history/born-with-the-epic-of-american-railroads/

Bigger Than Big Boy-link — 021511:

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2005/12/4/12543/8286

Columbus Railroads-link — 022111:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/

Cruising The Past-link — 021611:

http://cruiselinehistory.com/

Dark Roasted Blend-link — 021411:

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/

DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL COLLECTIONS-link — 020711:

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/

European locomotive design engineers EuroTrib-link — 021411:

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2006/1/22/151854/230

James Mack Lehigh Valley Railroad website-link — 021811:

http://www.enter.net/~lvrr/

LeNox’s pastime — 021411:

http://lenoxsthesaurus.blogspot.com/

Old Time Trains CPR-link — 020611:

http://www.trainweb.org/oldtimetrains/photos/cpr_steam/2800.htm

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD PHOTOGRAPHS-link — 022111:

http://www.billspennsyphotos.com/

PRR J1a 6410 and Santa Fe 5035 at Bellevue, OH, audio-link — 022111:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/6419%20&%205035.htm

RonaldV.nl- link — 021411:

http://www.ronaldv.nl/

ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM-link — 020811:

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

Rutland RR-link — 021211:

http://www.greenmtnflyer.com/welcome.htm

Science & Society Picture Library-link — 021411:

http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/

Streamlined locomotives of the world-link — 021411:

http://freddo.110mb.com/trains/

or:

http://www.streamlinedtrains.co.uk/

telefunker Urban exploration-link — 021411:

http://telefunker.wordpress.com/

The Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust-link — 020811:

http://www.bentleypriory.org/home/home.php?page_id=1

The Franco-Crosti Boiler System-link — 021511:

http://www.aqpl43.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/francocrosti/francocrosti.htm#p

The Spitfire Link-link — 020811:

http://spitfiresite.com/

The Steampunk Forum-link — 021111:

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php

Thoughts on Military History-link — 020811:

http://thoughtsonmilitaryhistory.wordpress.com/

Treadway Toomey Galleries-link — 020711:

http://www.treadwaygallery.com/index.html

WORLDnews network-link — 021611:

http://wn.com/

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[Engineman Wook

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