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steam loco·mo·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. steam locomotivenoun

    a locomotive powered by a steam engine


  1. steam locomotivenoun

    A locomotive, usually for use on a railway, that is powered by steam.

  2. Etymology: From steam + locomotive.


  1. Steam locomotive

    A steam locomotive is a locomotive that provides the force to move itself and other vehicles by means of the expansion of steam.: 80  It is fuelled by burning combustible material (usually coal, oil or, rarely, wood) to heat water in the locomotive's boiler to the point where it becomes gaseous and its volume increases 1,700 times. Functionally, it is a steam engine on wheels. In most locomotives, the steam is admitted alternately to each end of its cylinders in which pistons are mechanically connected to the locomotive's main wheels. Fuel and water supplies are usually carried with the locomotive, either on the locomotive itself or in a tender coupled to it. Variations in this general design include electrically-powered boilers, turbines in place of pistons, and using steam generated externally. Steam locomotives were first developed in the United Kingdom during the early 19th century and used for railway transport until the middle of the 20th century. Richard Trevithick built the first steam locomotive known to have hauled a load over a distance at Pen-y-darren in 1804, although he produced an earlier locomotive for trial at Coalbrookdale in 1802. Salamanca, built in 1812 by Matthew Murray for the Middleton Railway, was the first commercially successful steam locomotive. Locomotion No. 1, built by George Stephenson and his son Robert’s company Robert Stephenson and Company, was the first steam locomotive to haul passengers on a public railway, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, in 1825. Rapid development ensued; in 1830 George Stephenson opened the first public inter-city railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, after the success of Rocket at the 1829 Rainhill Trials had proved that steam locomotives could perform such duties. Robert Stephenson and Company was the pre-eminent builder of steam locomotives in the first decades of steam for railways in the United Kingdom, the United States, and much of Europe.Towards the end of the steam era, a longstanding British emphasis on speed culminated in a record, still unbroken, of 126 miles per hour (203 kilometres per hour) by LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard. In the United States, larger loading gauges allowed the development of very large, heavy locomotives such as the Union Pacific Big Boy, which weighed 540 long tons (550 t; 600 short tons) and had a tractive effort of 135,375 pounds-force (602,180 newtons).From the early 1900s, steam locomotives were gradually superseded by electric and diesel locomotives, with railways fully converting to electric and diesel power beginning in the late 1930s. The majority of steam locomotives were retired from regular service by the 1980s, although several continue to run on tourist and heritage lines.


  1. Steam locomotive

    A steam locomotive is a railway locomotive that produces its power through a steam engine. These locomotives are fueled by burning some combustible material, usually coal, wood or oil, to produce steam in a boiler, which drives the steam engine. Both fuel and water supplies are carried with the locomotive, either on the locomotive itself or in wagons pulled behind. Steam locomotives were first developed in Great Britain during the early 19th century and dominated railway transportation until the middle of the 20th century. From the early 1900s they were gradually superseded by electric and diesel locomotives.

Editors Contribution

  1. steam locomotive

    Steam Engine Designed for Moving Rolling Stock on Roadbed Of Steel Rails to Specific Destinations;

    Steam Engines Burn Fuels of Various Types in Order to Make Steam to Move Pistons Connected to Traction Wheels to Produce Motion: Fuels 'burned' in Steam Locomotives Include Wood, Coal, Oil, Fibrous Material:

    Submitted by acronimous on October 8, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steam locomotive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steam locomotive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    A steam locomotive engineer is referred as a 'hogger'; Does this reference have to do with his 'lapping-up' many miles over the silver rails?

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