How the efficiency of a modern steam locomotive is proved. A chapter describing the great testing plant at Vitry, in France, which is used for recording locomotive performances. The locomotives remain stationary while running on rollers, so that railway engineers can more easily acquire the data that is so important an aid to the improvement of design. Testing a locomotive is one of the most interesting of railway tasks and calls for a high degree of skill and knowledge. You can read more on “How Engines are Tested” in Cecil J Allen’s Railway Wonders (1925)
Washing a Locomotive(art plate)
WASHING A LOCOMOTIVE on the Canadian National Railway, at Montreal, by means of the special spraying equipment devised for this purpose. The operation is entirely automatic, and all the driver has to do is to close his cab windows and ventilators, and drive the engine very slowly forward. As it gets into position an electric control turns on the water, to which a small amount of cleaning compound as been added to help in dissolving oil and grease. After the back of the tender passes the nozzles another control comes into action and cuts off the water.
A description of the railways of Japan, steel highways in the land of the rising sun. Considerable strides have been made on Japanese railway work in the past few years. The article includes a two-page photo-feature (pages 212-13) featuring “Up-to-date equipment” and these illustrations are reproduced with the full text article.
An account of the development of the Canadian railway system. The story of the Canadian National line that spans the Canadian continent, the railway that unlocked the door to this great Dominion. This is the second article in the series Railways of the Empire.
The fascination of Lilliputian lines at home and abroad. A chapter on the small gauge railways of Great Britain which carry both passengers and goods. Some of the miniature trains are entrusted with the carrying of mails. The article is completed in part 8.
Click on the small image to see a short British Pathe newsreel clip of “A Tom Thumb Railway in Cumberland” (1933) featuring the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.