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Ira Schreiber

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0-4-0 in India
« on: October 30, 2009, 02:45:13 PM »
Notice appears to be a poling pole mounted atop the boiler.

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« Last Edit: October 31, 2009, 03:10:21 PM by Ira Schreiber »

Glenn Christensen

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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2009, 12:04:30 AM »
Hi Ira,

Love those Darjeeling locos!

The big wooden pole is actually a pinch bar for rerailing the loco.  It's steel-shod and wielding it requires the combined efforts of the 5-man crew.


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Vincent "Lightning" LeRow

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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009, 12:21:58 PM »
Interesting how you can lift the engine with a wooden pole.  It must be one light loco.  I wouldn't want to be around when it snaps!  :-\
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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009, 12:59:32 PM »
I think it's an 0-4-2 myself.  If you look under the shadows of the cab it appears there's another axle.

Keith Taylor

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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2009, 04:23:32 PM »
I think it's an 0-4-2 myself.  If you look under the shadows of the cab it appears there's another axle.
James, they are all 0-4-0's on the Darjeeling you can read about them at this page.
http://203.176.113.182/D
They even have two Baldwin locomotives! (also 0-4-0's)
Keith
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Glenn Christensen

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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2009, 04:42:37 PM »
Interesting how you can lift the engine with a wooden pole.  It must be one light loco.  I wouldn't want to be around when it snaps!  :-\

Hi Vincent,

Its a little easier to rerail a Darjeeling "B" class loco than you'd expect.  Although the Baldwins and later "B"s weighed in at 14.65 tons (unloaded) the balance of the engine helps tremendously, especially when you consider that you only have to lift one wheelset at a time.  The locos are 21 ft long but the wheelbase is only 5'6" - which produces an overhang of about 7'9" on each end.  With an impromptu fulcrum made of ties and an experienced engine crew of 5, rerailing goes really quickly - especially when only one set of drivers is off the rails.  The metal sheathing around the wood of the lever tends to prevent snapping.

As someone once said, "Give me a long enough lever and I'll move the world."


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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2009, 05:48:55 PM »
Wasn't it Linwood Moody who wrote of watching a WW&F crew rerail freight cars with "a stout birch pole?" No, wait. He reported they tipped several derailed cars into the Sheepscot river using such a lever.

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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2009, 06:55:38 PM »
Notice, too, that this loco has a bar across the front of the engine to prevent it from dropping onto the ties if it derails. The bar lands on the rail before the wheels hit the ties, a feature that was quite common on United Kingdom narrow gauge locos. If the drivers aren't down on the ties, it's a lot easier to get them back on the rails!

As for the five man crew, this is also the railway on which two crewmen are stationed on the footboards on the front of the locomotive to pour sand on the rails as the train climbs the steep grades on the line. 

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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009, 07:30:37 PM »
As someone once said, "Give me a long enough lever and I'll move the world.

Archimedes

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Re: 0-4-0 in India
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2009, 08:05:50 PM »
As someone once said, "Give me a long enough lever and I'll move the world.

Archimedes


Thanks John!