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Norfolk and Western Steam Turbine 2300 final by KirovRampager Norfolk and Western Steam Turbine 2300 final by KirovRampager
Although superficially similar to the Chesapeake and Ohio steam-turbine, this was of quite a different design, being shorter and lighter, with a Babcock & Wilcox water-tube flash boiler working at 900 psi. GE traction motors were fitted to the four 3-axle bogies; all axles were powered so the wheel config was C-C-C-C.

The 2300 only survived for only three years. Once again there were difficulties with reliability. Coal dust contaminated the electrical equipment. The feedwater heater and semi-automatic boiler controls gave trouble, and the turbine blades suffered when the loco backed heavily onto a train. Thanks to poor shunting abilities by the engineer. None of these problems were unsoluble, but the locomotive was mainly used as a "pusher" and was scrapped in 1958.

The locomotive carried the name "Jawn Henry", a reference to a legendary black construction worker who pitted his manual hammer and drill against a steam drill. According to the story, he just managed to beat it but collapsed and died shortly afterwards. Not a good omen, perhaps...
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Not a good omen, perhaps..." you know i never thought of it that way Jawn Henry the locomotive's stand against the diesel is often compared to Jawn Henry the man's stand against the steam drill.
Another problem was that complicated articulation. It is when this required maintenance that the locomotive was scrapped. It was found out that the N&Ws largest reciprocating steam locomotives required less maintenance cost and the most advanced required less maintenance cost than the diesels of the time. :)
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
truly sad in all forms it was though am I right? Steam still has a fighting chance though look at germany now for instance
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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amarouq2 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Very interesting locomotive and potentially revolutionary if it's problems could have been resolved. It is sad that the only such example was scrapped. Also, to add to the coal dust problems, please note that the open topped coal bunker was located in the nose of the unit, as opposed to the tender, and the electrical cabinet was located behind the cab in the long hood. Not exactly optimal placement.
As for why the N&W chose to attempt development of steam turbine locomotives, there were a large number of coal mines along their right of way and, potentially, it was a cheaper fuel source than diesel. Many of those mines are still in operation to this day now served by the current owner of those rails, the Norfolk Southern.
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't agree more, but one thing the tender is only for water they just made the refilling portion higher than the tender because they barrowed a scrapped engine's tender. I would love to see a turbine like this be reborn again.. truly I would
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amarouq2 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
On a more pleasant note, there have been serious talks over the past few months regarding the restoration of one or more of the remaining Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotives to fully operational status. Hopefully the one located 30 minutes from my house is on the short list of restoration candidates.
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Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jawn Henry was a awesome story. I think the name fits.
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed it did and yes it is ^^
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Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any survivors of this type?
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope one built one scraped when the Norfolk and western pulled from steam and went diesel.
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