Friday, September 17, 2010

The Mighty T

The Pennsylvania Railroad's 52 T1 class duplex-drive 4-4-4-4 steam locomotives, introduced in 1942 (2 prototypes) and 1946 (50 production), were their last-built steam locomotives and their most controversial.
They were ambitious, technologically sophisticated, powerful, fast, and uniquely streamlined by Raymond Loewy. However, they were also prone to violent wheelslip both when starting and at speed, complicated to maintain, and expensive to run. In 1948, the PRR vowed to place diesel locomotives on all express passenger trains, leaving unanswered whether the T1's flaws were solvable (Wiki).

5 comments:

PTA Transit Authority said...

Absolutely Awesome!

Lord K said...

Oh yes, it is!

Freddie Dixon said...

Wow, that really is a beast!

Larry said...

Amazing! The shape along with the size. What a great find.

Warren Zoell said...

The Mighty "T" indeed. I wish one could find these beasts in a model kit form.