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Mallet by MidEngine4Life Mallet by MidEngine4Life
This somewhat strange looking Baldwin engine built in 1924 is called a Mallet.

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cooldude7208 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
very nice mally loco
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UltimateRecreation Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Hi MidEngine, this image is amazing! We're doing a pop-up scare event and would love to use this image. Would this be okay with you? If so please email us at marketing@ultimaterecreation.co.uk and if you're in London when the event is on we'll sort you some free tickets! Hope to hear from you soon. Hannah
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MidEngine4Life Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're more than welcome to use the image
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Triplefan1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
This must be one of the largest saddle tank locomotives I have seen, especially a mallet...
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
These and the N&W Y6b are the most powerful locomotives imaginable for their respective purposes! Looks like this could push a building (a military steel skyscraper)!
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Jay-Jackson Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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sawyer811 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Big 4 for the win!!! These old baldwin Logging Tank locos are pretty good looking, eh? chunky too.
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! What railroad is this?
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MidEngine4Life Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Niles Canyon Railway on the Edge of Silicon Valley. Same place where Charlie Chaplin filmed "The Tramp". The line currently runs between the Niles district of the city of Fremont (Where Tesla Motors builds its Model S sedan) to Sunol, but is currently being extended to the city of Pleasanton, CA.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a fine portrait of a powerful machine. I like the way you caught the walker just at the edge of the frame.
Steve
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MidEngine4Life Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! It certainly wasn't easy with all the photographers around. Hence the reason for his arm being cropped out
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What makes it a mallet (named for it's inventor, Anatole Mallet) is that the rear wheels are attached to the frame and the front wheels are free to pivot, to allow it to go around sharp curves. As well, one set of wheels is driven by high pressure steam cylinders while the other, low pressure cylinders, use the "recycled" steam exhausted from the high pressure cylinders. Great capture :-)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool. Thanks.
Steve
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing; did you happen to post any colour pics as well?
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MidEngine4Life Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I did share a couple color photos on my page here. Few more might find their way to the scrap pile later.
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see something from 3/4 from the rear, such that drive mechanism is clearly visible. This view clearly shows the water tank but partially obscures the valve gear.
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MidEngine4Life Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome thanks!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is Steve / *pearwood, not the original poster. I was just thanking you for filling in the details. :)
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops. my bad! Sometimes the fingers are still playing while the brain is on rewind...
Ferroequinology is a hobby of mine.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So I gathered. Thanks again for the info. It's a beautiful machine.
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. A great book about mallets and other articulateds is "Articulated Steam Locomotives of North America: A Catalogue of Giant Steam" by Robert Le Massena. I had a copy but can't seem to find it right now.
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bond750 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
o3o; wait, there's aother Mallet locomotive in service?
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MidEngine4Life Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I believe I read somewhere that said its one of only 2 running in the states
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bond750 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
dang. o3o;
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Locos like this were popular with logging lines back in the day. Simpson Timber, Weyerhaeuser Timber Co., and Rayonier (mostly its predecessors), and others all liked this configuration. It was big enough to haul heavy strings of empties up to the landings in the hills, heavy enough to control those strings of loads coming back down towards the mill, all while being flexible enough to handle the rough, lightweight, curvy trackage that logging and timber companies were willing to build for the limited time that profitable timber available and the line would be in use in a particular area.
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trainboi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I'm so pleased that No. 4 is running! Last time I had a chance to visit Niles, she had both tanks off, and still needed a great amount of work.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not strange at all. A lovely machine! Don't see saddle tank mallets anymore...
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MidEngine4Life Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Any steam engine without a tender looks odd to me lol
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Markotxe Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
giant !
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