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Germany might be beaten in overall speed, but the fasted steamer that is still going is

it apparenty could still go 182.4km fast, if the German Railways would give it permission to leave its compound at all.

here are some more information (in German)

by PeWi on Mon Oct 10th, 2005 at 05:55:11 AM EST
Indeed Bryan Benn, at the end of the page I linked at the end of my post, publishes cab photos of another 180 km/h run in 1995.

The former East German test locomotive 18 201, just like the 05 002, has giant driving wheels 2300 mm (= 7 ft 6.55 in = 90.55 in) in diameter, vs. the 2000 mm norm of other German (or French) express steam locomotives.

The Mallard, too, had wheels of just 2032 mm (= 6 ft 8 in = 80 in) - like most other British or American fast steamers -, while both the class A and F7 "Hiawathas" (and the PRR S1) had 2133.6 mm (= 7 ft = 84 in) wheels.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Oct 10th, 2005 at 08:27:43 AM EST
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