What do the numbers on a steam locomotive mean?

What do the numbers on a steam locomotive mean?

The first 4 is the number of pilot wheels – those behind the front pilot. The second 4 is the number of drive wheels – the large ones that accualy move the engine. And the 2 is for the last set of wheels under the cab. This is the total number of wheels of the engine, and does not include the tender.

What is a 4-6-2 steam locomotive?

Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, 4-6-2 represents the wheel arrangement of four leading wheels on two axles, six powered and coupled driving wheels on three axles and two trailing wheels on one axle. The 4-6-2 locomotive became almost globally known as a Pacific type.

Who makes the most detailed HO scale trains?

Atlas is ranked number 1 for the best detailed and best looking locomotives. They also run really nice.

Why do train engines have numbers?

The numbers, in order, then represent the number of leading (unpowered), the number of drivers, and the trailing number of unpowered wheels. In your example, 2 leading wheels, 6 drivers, a second, independent set of 6 drivers, and 2 trailing wheels.

How many a4 locomotives are left?

A4s remain the fastest steam locomotives ever made. Today, only 6 of the 35 locomotives built still remain either as static displays or as running heritage locomotives. 60007: LNER 4498, or 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley was the 100th example of a Gresley Pacific built and so was named in honor of its designer.

What type of engine is Caitlin?

Caitlin is a streamlined engine, designed and built for speed. Along with her friend Connor, Caitlin is an excitable and energetic character, who likes to be busy and loves to race.

What is best brand of HO train?

Top model train brands in the United States

  • Athearn (HO, N scale)
  • Atlas (O, HO and N scale)
  • Arnold (N gauge, owned by Hornby)
  • Bachmann (HO, N and G scale)
  • Lionel (O scale trains).
  • Walthers (N and HO scale)