But there was something not quite right about Ol’ 666, too. First it was the time she ran away— not from a yard, unattended, but on the mainline, with a crew assigned. It took a series of frantic telegraph relays and a pulled rail to bring the loco to a stop that day... and her crew was never heard from again. Not long after, she was switching hoppers at the Number Four mine when she inexplicably shoved a cut of cars over the end of a siding and down an embankment before coming to a jammed, derailed halt— that time, a pair of smoldering boots was found in the cab.
Over the years to come, a number of crewmen found themselves assigned behind 666’s big, jollily-burning Woopaire boiler— and nearly each found that assignment to be his last. (Occasionally a burned bandana or lost glove remained to mark a man’s last post on her deck plate.) Finally the men on the Coal Division decided that they had had enough with the devilish machine. One early morning in 192X, a conveniently-opened draw bridge in the Tidewater took 666 down for the count. The Railroad wrote the engine off as a loss, but for 50 years the water under the bridge boiled, marking the grave of the demonic, hellfire-fueled engine below...
Look, Ma, no white driver tires.
I wonder, could I modify this, or a locomotive of similar design for use in the EWL's mountain region?
With a firebox of such grate area, it would be able to generate lots of steam, and possibly conversion to a
compound of sorts (a Vauclain? Or just another LP cylinder under the smokebox). I really like the position
of the bell behind the headlamp with the dynamo.
And if it doesn't work, I'll put it in the science museum with 'Old Bess' and my variable turbine (although
the turbine's concept would probably work WITHOUT exploding IRL)
[3 hours later]
News tonight! Science museum unexpectedly burns down! No arson is suspected!
I wouldn't trust that loco with that number. I would scrap it as soon as I could. An engine with THAT track record and many casualties should be scrapped.
*Hears the whistle.* We better run....
*Hands you the torch* Then YOU do it. No sane scrap man would ever go near that thing.
I fail. XD
It's all ya need. Each one is certifiably possessed! The less questions about "how," the better.
Glad someone noticed the window frames-- it seems that some careless engineman has managed to get them all out of order trying to open or shut them...
As for the tender... it did have one. Imagine a big six-axle affair. I was just too lazy to draw it.
And I dunno, mate-- those six-axle diesel units can look pretty sinister. I’ll have to take a look at that story.
Thanks for the comment and fav!