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Offline ShannonN  
#1 Posted : 14 January 2020 17:17:22(UTC)
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10 Largest Locomotives ever built

"Few machines are as impressive as locomotives, with their sleek appearance and staggering hauling power. Steam-powered locomotives were the first type of locomotives built, ushering in a new industrialized era with promises of more efficient cargo hauling and passenger travel. These locomotives were often extremely durable, with some of them even running to this day.

So just how large can steam locomotives get? There are plenty of different factors that can be taken into account while determining a locomotive’s overall “size,” including everything from length to traction effort and horsepower. Today, however, we’ll be ranking the 10 largest steam locomotives ever built according to their weights in order to see how they compare.



10 Largest Steam Locos
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Offline river6109  
#2 Posted : 15 January 2020 02:57:45(UTC)
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Apparently the strongest European fast train steam loco was from Austria and produced under license in Rumania.

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Offline H0  
#3 Posted : 15 January 2020 08:55:47(UTC)
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The Top 10 list shows the Big Boy as second. I've heard that the Big Boy is not the strongest steam loco, nor the longest or heaviest. Still it is an impressive loco and an impressive model.
Thanks for sharing the list.

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Apparently the strongest European fast train steam loco was from Austria and produced under license in Rumania.
Wikipedia writes they were the strongest of their time. Makes me wonder if there was a stronger one later on.

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Offline ShannonN  
#4 Posted : 15 January 2020 10:07:31(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: H0 Go to Quoted Post
The Top 10 list shows the Big Boy as second. I've heard that the Big Boy is not the strongest steam loco, nor the longest or heaviest. Still it is an impressive loco and an impressive model.
Thanks for sharing the list.



I think there is always going to be some controversy or debate on many aspects of the biggest, longest most powerful etc. Every country has its favourite locos and wants to promote them all.

Same as the record speeds recorded, some say other trains did 150 mph but was not recorded as a record attempt etc. All the steam era trains are magnificent regardless of position on the worlds best whatever list



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Offline bph  
#5 Posted : 21 January 2020 23:35:01(UTC)
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Some BIG Russian locomotives are also worth mention

Like the P38 2-8-8-4 (lightweight version of the Yellowstone)


and the class AA20 4-14-4

Note the middle 3 drive wheels are flangeless.

For further reading: 8 of Russia’s strongest, fastest, and biggest steam locomotives



And for narrow gauge, the Henschel 2-8-8-4 is worth mentioned. Henschel built 4 for a Brazilian railway
http://vfco.brazilia.jor.br/vapor/locomotivas/locomotiva-Henschel--2-8-8-4-num-1307-EFCB-Goias.jpg They were the only narrow gauge locomotives of this wheel arrangement. They had the largest boilers ever used on a narrow-gauge Mallet.
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