by Emmett R Smith
To inaugurate a new category in Bodwyn Wook, Trains, Planes & Getting There”, the four YouTube links in sequence below will open up a nice History Channel documentary from about 1990 that gives quite a few basics about how steam locomotives work. It is especially good about the development of the articulated Mallet or compound engines, and the more successful later simple articulations such as the “Big Boy” and “Challenger” locomotives.
There is also just a flash of footage while underway, of one of these Allegheny-type Virginian Blue Ridge 2-6-6-6 locomotives above — probably the most powerful of the truly big articulated engines at the end of the first steam age, in the 1950s.
Trains Unlimited, “Steam Trains,” pt 1:
Trains Unlimited, “Steam Trains,” pt 2:
Trains Unlimited, “Steam Trains,” pt 3:
Trains Unlimited, “Steam Trains,” pt 4:
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 17 January 2009]