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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationRail · 1 decade ago

what do steam locomotives do?

what did the steam locomotives do in the 1800s?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    What did steam locomotives do in the 1800s?

    In the US, everything.

    Westward expansion, economic opportunity that went along, materials and machinery shipped west, the travel of the people who would man the machinery, logs, hogs, beef, fruit, vegetables to eastern markets from the west, grain from the heartland in both directions, the vital coal seams exploited to full advantage for power, that which still generates most of the electricity most of our stuff runs on, and the people who earned a living producing these commodities and the communities that were spawned as a result (a town has to have a reason to be there), transcontinental shipments of goods from markets across the Atlantic and Pacific... All thanks to the steam locomotives and the men who ran them.

    And for both, their legacy remains. Everything you have used today was on a train at one time or another, in one form or another. And from that time 173 years ago until today, all that has changed is the motive power. But for the lion's share of that time, 120 years or so, steam was the undisputed king.

    The men who happily man them are still the same.

    It's not just the money or benefits.

    It's a calling that most will not be able to realize. I am one of the fortunate few.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Heavens no. Age is not the problem - those locomotives are inspected LIKE A NEW ONE. Better actually. Very few boilers are "derated" - most have full power available. The diesel is because the mainline railroads are afraid of steam engines. They fear it'll break down or stall, and they want the diesel Right There to bail it out. They are probably not using it, as the steam engine is absolutely capable of pulling the train. There would be fan outrage if the diesel were working hard in video and photo shoots. And the fans are a big part of how you make those work. Yes, dynamic brakes, but most excursions run on lines not steep enough to matter.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They were the main motive power for the railroads. Passenger, freight and way trains, they handled the lot. They also played vital roles for both sides during the Civil War - there was even an incident where the Union tried to hijack a locomotive belonging to the Confederacy - immortalised in the film, The Great Locomotive Chase.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The very first subway system in the world - 1863 - London - Farringdon Road-Paddington was operated by steam locomotives

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's only a guess: pull trains?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The same as now, or a hundred years age, please TRY to think for yourself.

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  • Dave
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    1 decade ago

    GO CHOOO CHOOO CHOOO DAH!!!

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