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Actually, everything you say makes sense, and seems to hold true even considering the strange locomotive below:

This ugly duckling is the C53 No. 43. Why it had to be streamlined, I don't know: design speed is supposed to be a mere 95 km/h...

I found it when I re-visited a long ago bookmarked link (Gunter's Locomotive Page) for a completely different reason, and found it grew a lot - now with a long list of streamlined locos.

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

by DoDo on Tue Oct 11th, 2005 at 10:53:15 AM EST
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Wow, you found a pic I was trying to find. The work was done during the 1930s as they thought it was fashionable to do so. There was another experimental streamlining work done on a C55 loco too. As you point out, the work was practically meaningless except the cover made repair and maintenance more difficult.

The reason the speed was capped at mere 95 km/h is the terrain and the narrow gauge (1067 mm). Even today, except for Shinkansen, we still use 1067 mm.

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Tue Oct 11th, 2005 at 09:48:53 PM EST
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