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Cute :)

Do you know if it can run on its own? Unlikely steam powered, but it might have a diesel generator in there.
 

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It was just sitting there. I looked into the cab and it looked like it may run useing compressed air i could see a large air tank where the boiler should be. I hope to get back over and see it again it is only one mile from where we live. If i find out more i will post what i find out
 

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Pete,

The Strasburg Railroad shops built that. From what I recall, it is designed to be pushed by the host road's power. The marketing was kind of along the lines of Thomas the Tank, without the royalty fees that DOWT charges the host road.

Mark
 

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Today the little engine that could left our area by truck. Here are a few pictures of the engine that pulled the little engine to be loaded on the truck.Sorry i didn,t have time to get pictures of the engine on the truck had to go to work
 

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"I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could."
 

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Hmmm!

I do not recognise this loco as the "little engine that could"! In the book that I loved as a child, the loco was a 2-4-0 with tender, red bodied and lined in gold with a straight stack painted black.

The hero was the smallest loco in the terminus and had his own local mixed passenger and freight run. One day an urgent freight run was required when all the "BIG" engines were out or being seviced/repaired. the little engine was "IT".

The rest of the story is a telling of a locomotive's journey.

"I___can move___this" says the loco trying to start the load. "I_can_move_this" etc until it reaches the grade. Then as the effort builds, the tempo slows to "I think I can, I_think_I_can, I__think__I__can, I___think___I___can, I____think____I____can" Etc, slowing until the loco and load reach the crest of the grade, then it is "I___knew___I___could, I__knew__I__could" at ever increasing speed.

The words and their pacing, mirror the drive stroke and exhuast stroke of the two cylinders accelerating the stationary train and the climb and descent.

Just had a look at one of the wikipedia entries on the "Little train that could". Claims that the drawing is based on the C P Huntington, funnel is right, is 4-2-4 (sorta) and is a steam engine.

BUT the phsyco babble!

It is an onomatopeaic tale to amuse small children! The sound of the engine in various activities - that's the story!

I guess that children today never hear steam locos working. I lay in my bed before school time, hearing the morning "up" passenger train working up the Agnes bank to Toora, "I___know___I___can, I____know____I____can" every morning from the age of 2 until I was 9.

Off my soap box now.

Tim
 

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I, too, remember a different engine drawn in the book "The Little Engine That Could", from my childhood. I have been searching for a copy of that book for quite some time and cannot find it. The engine in the book I remember was also a 2-4-0 and was red and the "eyes" were drawn in the smokebox not on the stack.

The only copies of the book I can find now show the blue rigid frame 4-2-4 with the funnel stack.

In the 60 years since that book was first read to me, it never dawned on me that the chant, "I__think__I__can. I__think__I__can." was representative of the rhythmic chuff of a steam locomotive! That is, not until a couple of months ago when I read a comment by someone that added another line to it to express the result of the wheels slipping...

"I__think__I__can. I__think__I__can. Wait_a_minute! Wait_a_minute! Wait_a_minute!"

Now, THAT is descriptive!
 
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