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GIP: Steam Train Geek

I've just switched to a new LJ icon, taken from this Flickr image. I love the textures and reflections.

Oh, and the engineering.

The plate comes from a Shay Patent locomotive (Roaring Camp Railroads Number 7) - an articulated design developed for use on logging railroads in the US. It's a solution to the same problem - getting maximum power in limited loading gauges and on tight curve radii - as the famous Fairlies Patent engines developed for the Ffestiniog in Wales. I've always had a thing for articulated locomotives, be they monstrously complex beasts like the US Big Boy, or simple solutions like the Beyer-Garrett.

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ladyjillian
Sep. 5th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
My first LJ icon was a photo of me in period clothes in front of that Shay. Did you get to see the SP engine in Sacramento? While I was working there a few years ago a kitten got lost in it for days.
camies
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
Aha, hence your comment on 009 scale. I have yet to get anything up and running so far but it can be a winter project.
Also I plan to go to the Bluebell Railway before it closes for the winter (if it does) and if I can avoid Thomas Days and other such excrescences.
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