Steam Locomotive

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A Steam Locomotive is used for mass transit of passengers and/or cargo.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Steam locomotives have external combustion engines: the combustion of fuel within a firebox or burner heats a sealed tank of water, turning it to pressurized steam. This steam powers pistons, which in turn transmit power to the driving wheels through interlocking rods.

Large external combustion engines (as used in locomotives and maritime vessels where the overall engine weight is relatively unimportant) can reach relatively high effective efficiencies. As such they remain an important element of infrastructure at the end of the TL:1-3 epoch and throughout the TL:4-6 epoch.

  • Suitable fuel can be obtained from a variety of sources - its primary characteristic is that it can burn and produce heat. The most commonly used are fossil varieties such as coal, organics such as wood, or refined hydrocarbons.
  • Water must be topped up on a regular basis. Allowing the locomotive to run dry can have catastrophic consequences.

Image Repository[edit]

A variety of early (TL-3) steam locomotives and rolling stock, used to haul passengers and freight.
Early Era Steam Locomotives 16 July 2019a.jpg

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

No information yet available.

Expected Train Development Sequence[edit]

MACRO LEVEL: TL:1-9:

MACRO LEVEL: TL:10-18

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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