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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by SolarMan, Oct 21, 2013.
Cool documentary if you are into locomotives (Featuring the Hudson Series)
I love me some steam locomotives. Thanks for posting. My grandpa was an engineer and spent most of his career in a steam engine. I recently received a DVD from a family member that included a movie reel shot after WWII called "The Freedom Train", about a train that crossed the country loading up donations for war-torn Euro countries. He drove a leg of the trip and made it into the newsreel.
The New York Central (4-6-4 wheel arrangement) Hudson was an incredibile locomotive, used on the NYC's premier passenger train the 20th Century Limited between Chicago and New york it was easily capable of speeds in excess of 100mph with a train in excess of 1000 trailing tons. On jointed 39 foot lengths of rail, the railroad spent a great deal of money on it's physical plant to ensure a smooth ride, amazingly it's 1930's technology.
A number of the Hudsons were streamlined for service on the 20th Century Limited, noted Industrial Designer Henry Dreyfuss was employed by the NYC to create a new image for the premeir train. As the pics show, the traditional steam engine is largely gone, replaced with art deco elements - check out the streamlined casing, 84" Scullin disc driving wheels, and sleek tender. Two-tone gray paint means this isn't your Great Grandpa's steam engine!
Sorry. I did like trains a long time ago. Had a HUGE train layout when I was 10. My dad worked for the RR way back when. Do you know what killed trains for me. Thomas the train. My grandson made me watch that so many times, I cringe at the mere mention of trains. I'm going to hide.
Great video - thanks.
Dude, it's Thomas the Tank Engine, and the stories are fabulous(many of the earlier videos are fairly faithful to the originals- good ones were narrated by Ringo Starr and George Carlin!) Later stuff, that was not written by the Rev. W. Awdry are by and large CRAP, but were talking apples and CRAP here.
On topic, steam locomotives are effing unreal
Thanks for the info on the streamlined Hudsons. Those wheels are amazing - Pics of people standing next to those discs really puts the size into perspective.
I agree, and we had the older ones. I winced when I first saw George Carlin's name. I don't know if you have grandkids, but they can watch the same thing about a hundred times and then watch it again. I would not trade that time I spent with him for anything but have absolutely no desire to watch more trains. Sorry ymmv.