Re: ADMIN: Re: Pennsy, Arrogance, and Bad Management,What? Think again!


Richard Hendrickson
 

On Mar 23, 2007, at 9:44 AM, Mike Brock wrote:

....Santa Fe? Well...speaking of mechanical
departments, did anyone else conceieve of anything as bizarre as an
articulated engine with a hinge in the boiler? [ well, technically the
feedwater heater was in the front part ]. They actually built and
operated
the beast.
Several of them, in fact.

And, of course, the Santa Fe 2-10-10-2 was only slightly more
successful than the Virginian's Triplex disaster which was soon
separated
into two engines as was the Santa Fe's 2-10-10-2's [ I'll avoid
mentioning
Erie's triplex version to avoid Schuyler's wrath <G> ]. At least the
Santa
Fe 2-10-10-2 was safe...on one occasion one was involved in a "run
away" on
Cajon Pass but since it wouldn't go faster than 35 mph it didn't
derail.
All true, but please note that these monstrosities were all constructed
before John Purcell became the Santa Fe's chief mechanical officer in
1912 and immediately began to get rid of them, as well as to bring the
Santa Fe's obsession with compound locos to an abrupt end in favor of
simple locos with Schmidt superheaters. The accomplishments of the
Santa Fe's mechanical department under Purcell, H. H. Lanning, and
Charles T. Ripley, culminating with the remarkable 4-6-4s, 4-8-4s, and
2-10-4s built for the Santa Fe between 1937 and 1944, are documented in
great detail in a new book by Larry Brasher, Santa Fe Steam Locomotive
Development, recently published by Signature Press. This is essential
reading for anyone interested in steam locomotive history and
technolopgy (as well as in the introduction of diesel-electric
locomotives).

Richard Hendrickson

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