The Collection - The Disease

Dear Marjorie - My husband is 46 years old and spends most of his time playing with toy trains. He doesn't pay any attention to me these days.

Dear M - You have my deepest sympathy! Unfortunately, this condition is well known and is usually terminal. Very few people ever fully recover. However, you can turn this situation to your advantage! Trainaholics are so oblivious to their surroundings that you can bring as many men back to the house as you want - your man will never know!

Whatever you do though, don't get rid of your train fanatic - they are notoriously good at paying the bills! Blessings

When I first read this letter in a women's magazine I was shocked, devastated, mortified........

It took me a while to comprehend the truth in these words, but I am determined to 'clean up' my act.

No more trains!

The disease started .......... continue reading my incredibly boring history


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Class 4 Tank Locomotive

I have dug up some interesting information about the Class 4 Standard Tank locomotive like the one in the EDG18 train set:

Driving Wheel: diameter 5ft 8in (6ft 9in for a Coronation Class)
Pony and Trailing Wheels: diameter 3ft
Length: 44ft 9 7/8in
Weight: 86 tons 13 cwt (that's about half the weight of a Duchess)
Water Capacity: 2,000gals
Cylinders: 18in x 28in
Boiler Pressure: 225lb sq in
Tractive Effort: 25,100lb compared to about 40,000lb for the Coronation Class (Duchesses of Atholl and Montrose for instance)
Coal Capacity: 3.5 tons

Rail transport is still about the most efficient means of transporting large volume goods and passengers available to humans with the exception of teleporting.

Some meaningless figures just stolen from Wikipedia - the font of utterly useless information:

Kj Energy Used per Tonne-kilometer
Class 1 Railroads 246
Domestic Waterbourne 370
Heavy Trucks 2,426
Air freight (approx) 6,900

Take the train - You know it makes sense!

Photos of locomotive 80078 kindly stolen from
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