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SNCF 241.A.1 – THE GREATEST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE EVER BUILT

link & excerpts posted by Engineman Preserved Wook

SNCF 241.A.1 - The Greatest Locomotive Ever Built & Chapelon -- 112713by rogerc

http://42at60.blogspot.com/2007/09/andre-chapelon-railway-engineer-supreme.html

‘To give this [claim] some scale, the French Loading Gauge is only slightly bigger that the British one, so you can draw a reasonably valid comparison between something like the British Coronation Scot and Chapelon’s 241.A.1. In terms of power output the Coronation Scot could produce around 2,500 Horsepower, and that on a bit of a transitory basis – Chapelon’s 241.A.1 could produce in excess of 4,000 Horsepower continuously. The French engine used around 20% less coal and around 40% less (more…)

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THE Post-modern Vision of Hell

posted by Engineman Wook

Languid, sceptical, a sublime post-modernist & apostle of relentless relativism in all things, the Londoner of to-day is the type of urbane & abstract Terrene man at his apotheosis & on the eve of his destruction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abAoXEj1544#t=223

[Engineman Wook

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[17 November 2013]

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Signage & Information in the London Underground

posted by Engineman Wook

[shown below is the Edwardian Chalk Farm tube station]

Chalk Farm tube station -- 111713This web log is by an Englishman, Mr Doug Rose, who is interested in the logic of signage & information design, notably in the layout of the London Underground:

http://www.dougrose.co.uk/index.html

He writes: 

‘I am fascinated by human reasoning of graphic information in all its manifestations: forms, maps, signs, instructions, book layouts, all of it. I am just as interested in the logic (or commonly the lack of it) of (more…)

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The London Underground

The London Underground

posted by Engineman Preserved Wook

Metroplitan 1 -- 111713The London Underground which Charles Pearson commenced building in 1860 was fortuitous in History, and not only in aiding transport congestion in & out of the Victorian City; by 1940, lines ran two & three deep, and thus Londoners had a shelter from Heinie bombs that might as well have been purpose-built & was simply another one in the eye for the dreadful &  unprepossessing little ravine German, A Hitler, after he’d already managed to lose for his fool self  the aerial Battle in the Autumn before the Blitz:

http://www.youtubedocumentaries.com/documentary.cfm?name=HE_HISTORY_OF_THE_LONDON_UNDERGROUND

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[17 November 2013]

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UP “Big Boy” 4014 Restoration Project

by Engineman Wook

THIS development will just make poor old Mr Senator Vice-President Al “Internet” Gore haul out his hair in bunches!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmTr22rvldk

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/mechanical/locomotives/up-a-return-to-steam-for-big-boy-4014.html

All I can say is that it is greatly to be desired one day to restore — even to rebuild from scratch! — A Norfolk & Western Y6b 2-8-8-2; the N&W Chesapeake-types were far more (more…)

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