The French 241P Steam Locomotive

Introduction: The Locomotive That Shouldn't Have Been Built The 241P steam locomotive stands out as one of the most beautiful ever created. It might be thought of as being like a classic Bugatti of the rails, and its beauty is arguably the major contributing factor in ensuring no less than four examples of this "flower of ...

Pennsylvania Railroad T1 and T1a Duplex

The Pennsylvania Railroad's T1 duplex steam locomotive is perhaps the most eye-catching, and the most controversial ever created. Engineers at the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and at Baldwin Locomotive Works created a quite complex solution to building a reciprocating steam locomotive with enormous power and the ability to cruise at 100mph. This engineering masterpiece was then ...

André Chapelon and the Steam Locomotive

Frenchman André Chapelon is arguably the greatest railway steam locomotive engineer and designer the world has ever seen. Whereas others are known for individual designs and creation of items that improved steam locomotive efficiency André Chapelon took a holistic approach to steam locomotive design applying an extensive understanding of the science required. The end result ...

Alco New York Central Niagara

If you are young enough not to have experienced the steam era on railroads and railways around the world then you've sadly missed something that was just plain special. Thankfully there are still some preserved railroads where you can at least see, hear and smell a steam locomotive in action but that is still a ...

Bennie Railplane

Not everyone is a visionary, but George Bennie was one. Not everyone thinks that using a propeller to drive a land vehicle might just be a good idea, and indeed some of the designs for propeller driven cars would cause a modern Health and Safety professional to have an apoplexy. But to put things in ...