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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-23 15:49
Subject: Old tech saves the day
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As seen here: Passengers rescued by Tornado.

It's rather wonderful in its way that when the electric-driven trains were being disabled by ice and snow, a good old-fashioned A1 Pacific steam loco could carry the stranded passengers to London.

He said: "It was a nice way to finish for Christmas, though I think some of the rescued passengers didn't realise they'd even been travelling on a steam train until they got off."

Hmm. I wonder what they thought the plume flowing back along the train from the front was, then.

(Steam trains are wondrous things, but I wouldn't really want them back in bulk. Electrics can run in almost any weather, as the Swiss can demonstrate, and they don't have to run on hydrocarbons.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-23 18:27 (UTC)
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Oh, one other point about the Canadian trains: they're apparently considering the possibility of electrification of the line where it goes over the Rockies. Not the whole line, just the mountain bit.

The vast majority of that traffic is freight, with two, sometimes three, great diesel-electric haulage units on the front.
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User: furrfu
Date: 2009-12-23 18:31 (UTC)
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Yes, according to Wikipedia — which seems to be very thorough when it comes to anything to do with trains :-) — electric is more powerful than diesel is more powerful than steam. Similarly more efficient, too.
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