Under the Whyte notation system, a steam locomotive that has two leading wheels, three sets of eight driving wheels, and a two trailing wheels.
Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, a 2-8-8-8-2 has two leading wheels, three sets of eight driving wheels, and two trailing wheels. Because of its length, such a locomotive must be an articulated locomotive. It is not longer than a normal articulated; the third set of drivers is located under the tender. All of the examples produced were of the Mallet type. Other equivalent classifications are: UIC classification: 1-D-D-D-1 AAR classification: 1-D-D-D-1 French classification: 140+040+041 Turkish classification: 45+44+45 Swiss classification: 4/5+4/4+4/5 The equivalent UIC classification is to be refined to D for these Triplexes. Baldwin built the only three examples of the type for the Erie Railroad between 1914 and 1916. The first was named Matt H. Shay, after a beloved employee of that road. It could pull 650 freight cars. All three, as well as the lone 2-8-8-8-4 and several Virginian Railway electrics, shared the nickname "Triplex" because of their three sets of drivers. An overview of Triplex engineering is given at Triplex
The numerical value of 2-8-8-8-2 in Chaldean Numerology is: 0
The numerical value of 2-8-8-8-2 in Pythagorean Numerology is: 0
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