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poor balance of the driving wheels, which is hard on the track. Also, they are miserable to drive... independent control of each axle

Oh, no problem there, there were special solutions :-) There were of course the steam-electrics -- and the steam-motor locomotives. For example the German 19 1001, built during WWII,  ended up in the USA where it was scrapped:



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

by DoDo on Thu Jul 13th, 2006 at 03:49:33 PM EST
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