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Sep 7, 2013, 2:13:47 PM
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Steampunk Cowboys by Estruda Steampunk Cowboys by Estruda
This Steam machine was built in 1813 and still runs every day
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VinnyMartello Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The famed "Puffing Billy" of the 1815-period! She is one of the world's first locomotives. By more modern steam engine standards, she is somewhat backwards. Her cab is at the front, the tender at the normal front (which has a reversed boiler, so the fireman can still feed in the coal), and the fireman has to ride on the tender instead of the cab. This is a MAJOR disadvantage because the fireman and engineer have to keep in communication with one another to ensure that the engine is making nominal steam pressure to climb hills and pull heavy trains, the right amount of water in the boiler (too much and water goes through to the cylinders before coming steam, and being forced out one end of the piston, thus breaking a cylinder, too little water and the exposed top of the firebox will get too hot, which is normally kept in check by the water being boiled at a constant rate, the firebox will melt, steam goes in to it instead because of the bigger hole, fill the firebox, and BOOOM!). The engine was designed to work in Collieries to transport coal from place to place. This is not the first to do this; Richard Threvick's "Catch Me, Who Can", the first locomotive was constructed in 1804 and was used for the same purpose in England. In comparison to steam locomotives of the 60's and 50's, they are very different: the modern steamers have the piston directly turning a wheel instead of going through a gear reduction, modern steamers have the tender directly behind the cab to help avoid the BOOM mentioned earlier. This loco is actually not the "Steam Elephant" because the Steam Elephant was of 0-6-0 configuration, meaning it had 6 driving wheels, where this one has 4. Another difference is the "Steam Elephant" lacks a tender, where there are men on this one's tender. I hope this clarifies the loco's identity
Here is Steam Elephant for you to compare the differences
aldwarke Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Another good one. I like tis especially.
Estruda Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
beamish ..
aldwarke Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thought so. You captured the atmosphere they are trying to achieve.
Estruda Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
thank you very much ..
A7XFan666 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Great shot :3
darquewanderer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
It's nice to know that beauties like this are still in use.
bobswin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Not a critque as such, but I think the composition and exposure are great. :dance: It might look better without the grey effect along the borders.

You don't say where this picture was taken. The engine says it was made in Wylam, is it still in the north-east?
Estruda Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
thank you may be right about the edge ,may change it , the image was taken in the northeast , Beamish Durham ...
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