Entries Tagged as ‘Steam’

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 11:17 pm

Disneyland Steam Engines, Now on Biodiesel

Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have a railroad: each has a small fleet of refurbished narrow-gauge steam locomotives running on a couple of miles of track around the park. Even though they’re steam engines, they’re also kind of diesels: the fireboxes are heated by diesel fuel rather than coal or Bunker C. Starting this […]

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 11:18 am

The Last Romanian Logging Railroad

Even in Romania, logging railroads are a dying institution. Twenty years ago, when Bob Turner first toured Romania’s logging lines, “the country still had 21 forestry lines, all 760 mm, all steam operated. My last visit was in 1999. Three systems survived at that time. I closed a chapter of my steam photography, and thought […]

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Nevada Northern

Nevada Northern Railway #93, a 2-8-0 Consolidation built by Alco. Bodie Bailey took this photo in September 2005. Photo by Bodie Bailey.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Barry Woodham’s Scrap Line

Steam engines in a scrapyard in south Wales in 1973. I have a perverse fondness for photos of abandoned, disused or decaying railroad equipment. Photo by loose_grip_99.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 8:34 am

The World Runs on Coffee, and So Does Your Train

If a steam engine can run on bricks of dried milk, then using bricks of pressed coffee beans as fuel, as Popular Science reported was taking place in Brazil in 1932, doesn’t seem quite so farfetched. And I’m sure at some point someone took a look at a steam engine’s boiler and saw the biggest […]

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Where’s My Jacket

A Cumbres & Toltec narrow-gauge Mikado, presumably awaiting a retrofit, in Chama, New Mexico, in September 2003. Photo by Bodie Bailey.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Rhodesian Railways Garratt

A 1964 photo of a Garratt engine pulling one leg of the train from Cape Town, South Africa to Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia. Photo by mgjefferies.

Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Brockenbahn

The Brockenbahn is the most popular part of the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen, a narrow-gauge (metre gauge) steam network in Germany’s Harz Mountains. Photo by kohelet74.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 6:58 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Nanzhan Dirt Tip

Beautiful shot from a coal mine in Inner Mongolia, China. (See also this neat shot of a steamer hauling coal in empties Heilongjiang Province by the same photographer.) Photo by tarboat.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 6:54 pm

Video: Challenger at Dunsmuir

A Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger — presumably UP #3985 — at Dunsmuir, California in September, 2005: Note the two auxiliary water tenders and the two large diesels running backup, including the Western Pacific heritage unit.