Soviet Union 1939
Robin Barnes - Railway Art and History
The demanding climatic and geographical conditions under which railways
operated in Russia led to early trials with diesel power, but many attempts
also were made to improve the performance of the steam locomotive.
Pictured here is undoubtedly the most extreme example, the 1-E-1 TPT1-1,
completed at Kolomna in 1939, works number 8000, and built to the
country's predominant gauge of 5 ft (1524 mm). Fuel was anthracite, which
fired not only the steam boiler, but also a gas generator in the condenser
equipped tender, the opposed cylinders operating on a dual steam-gas
cycle. Enormously complex, it did move itself, but at speeds above 30 km/h
was excessively prone to failure, pre-ignition on the gas side being a
seemingly intractable problem. The expenditure of much effort might have
brought improvement, but assuredly it could never have been made a viable
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