Retired Nautilus in the Disney junkyard. RIP 20,000 leagues ride… when I was a kid I really believed I went to the bottom of the sea.
Middy Train by Gerry Balding on Flickr.
Ex Falmouth Docks No. 4 built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn hauls two vintage coaches on a passenger train at the Mid Suffolk Railway.
I love gorgeous little four wheel coaches!
See the saddle tank? You can save room by moving the water tank to over the top of the boiler. Has a nice benefit in that it keeps your water nice and toasty and closer to steam (therefore requiring less fuel)
Sigh…. I know WHY they did it, but that doesn’t make it a good idea.
They did it because wheels give you more speed at the cost of requiring an even road. When shit hit the fan, the wheels are jacked up and the threads are engaged.
Redundancy is never a bad idea.
That’s not redudancy, it’s obfuscation. Anything that performs two tasks does each half as well. Now you’re dependent on wheels that have to carry a tank, but also have to retract?!?!? That’s going to break on day 1, and now you’re just in a shitty tank.
There were many, many different attempts to overcome the “tanks are slow” problem- both by the Germans and the Russians- and they all sucked, for this reason. Flying tanks are horrible tanks and horrible planes. Amphibious cars are horrible cars and horrible boats. Floating tanks are horrible boats and horrible tanks. And the half-track was only invented so that dumb army recruits could be stuck in a tank and given a wheel to turn instead of trying to teach them how to steer a tank. See a lot of tracked vehicles around with four extra rubber tires? Don’t think so. This one goes in the “bad idea” file. Click on the link to the right for dozens of examples.
Ultimately, the U.S. focused on making their tanks go faster, not
It would be cool if you could post/find an article about Capatain Nemo's 6 wheeled car in "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", I've always wondered who came up with it, it looks like a 30's concept steampunk car...
Of course I’ve pictured it here, but that car is plastered up all over every other steampunk site. Instead, I try to mine obscure picture sources for unknown vehicle configurations. The number of actually “steampunk” vehicles is very low compared to a bunch of stuff that’s just old and classy. Now, there is a guy trying to make a real-life replica of that car, here:
…but he’s run out of “steam” and could use some inspiration.
Here’s an article on the original prop: