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Penna. Southern No. 666 by Atticus-W Penna. Southern No. 666 by Atticus-W
In 191X, the Pennsylvania Southern Railroad ordered a series of seven heavy 2-10-0 locomotives. Nos. 660-665 were equipped with Wooten fireboxes, as per standards on the anthracite-burning line. The last locomotive in the series, however, was equipped with an experimental Woopaire-type boiler, touted as the definitive answer to difficult-to-fire fuels. Indeed, it didn’t take long for No. 666 to prove herself against her sisters on the mainline— 666 could fly up hills pulling tonnage that left conventional locomotives panting for breath. Firemen claimed that her fire roared no matter what they did with their scoops!

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. =D
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:iconpatriot1776:
Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I got a bad feeling someday that engine is going to jump up outta the water depths to terrorize modern trains, it having become indestructible seemingly...
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NorthernIsle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyone happen to have a rail mounted artillery gun nearby? I think I just found the perfect target practice...
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MasterOfHelium Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
The story reminds me of a Soviet legend about a U engine number 127, whose crewmen caught diseases or were arrested after driving (or even just being assigned to) this locomotive.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't care, she's beautiful! She's got that woopaire firebox... :icondroolplz:
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)
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Hmm... well, this engine would look cool as and be well-suited for a compound design... perhaps even with an ATSF-style inline layout: www.steamlocomotive.com/santaf… .  I suppose you can use this design for your railroad.  Just... I wash my hands of any lawsuits you might come up with later.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Pshaw. If something goes wrong, it shall be on display in the science museum where nothing will go wrong.
[3 hours later]
News tonight! Science museum unexpectedly burns down! No arson is suspected!
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jonathanlerner13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   Digital Artist
this engine is evil cause of the number
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:iconatticus-w:
Atticus-W Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I dunno-- could merely be an appropriate coincidence. :noes:
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Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason, this engine reminds me of random engine types I came up with as a "What if?". Long story short, the Rogenson Speed Company of New York was incorporated in 1910. A series of engines, with abnormally more wheels, and very short boilers, were thought up by the company, for more speed engines. These were locomotives like a 10-10-2 and a 20-20-10. They had 'porches' due to the small boilers. Only one type was built, an 8-8-4, and tested on the Erie Railroad. It was a huge failure, and was scrapped. The company went bankrupt in 1911.
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Well, you ought draw some of them. XD
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:iconcnyle1:
Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did, sketched some out, but they are very small. Maybe I'll draw a bigger one.
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Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to get my scuba gear and dive this engine! Wish me luck! On the contrast, I really liked how to story goes, and you're drawing is fantastic!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
It's been nice knowing you, Cnyle. ;) Thank you for the kind words-- it was nice to hear them before your untimely departure from this earth!
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Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I survived, but I'm paralyzed from my expedition. Thanks for being concerned about me! :D (Big Grin) 
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Jengapro29 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Has anyone tried to rescue #666?
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
No one who remembered her ever WANTED to rescue her. :noes: A group of uninitiated railfans once considered the notion, but as they approached the wreck site with a rescue barge, their craft inexplicably capsized/ignited.
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Jengapro29 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
If someone did try, would there be any other way?
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
That would depend on the creativity of the would-be rescuers. :noes:
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amazoness-king Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is that a true story or did you make it up?
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:iconatticus-w:
Atticus-W Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I made up the engine and backstory. ;)
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shadowspark101 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Lets NOT! save that engine. I'm sure this is one loco that a lot of people wouldn't mind seeing cut up.
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Hehehehe. XD The question is, how long does it take for the fires in an underwater Woopaire boiler to extinguish...?  Once the fires are good and out, surely the loco could be raised safely and put on display...

...right??
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shadowspark101 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Right.......

 

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....

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Thomas41 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
The Denver and Rio Grande western had an issue with a "possessed" locomotive D&RGW 4-4-0 #107 "Dread 107". That thing killed like 14 people it was in service from 1883 to 1908 when it was scrapped when D&RGW employees refused to work on or behind the locomotive.
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shadowspark101 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't really blame them for that.
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
You want it scrapped...?

*Hands you the torch* Then YOU do it.  No sane scrap man would ever go near that thing. ;)
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trainmanauxl1 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I love the look of the engine, just not the number. But the back story is good.
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Why thanks. ^^ Definitely glad you like it, and glad to hear the kind words. ^^
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Engine97 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
"smoldering boots was found" Did the engine EAT the crew?!?!?
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
That's what they say about it. ;) But I assure you, if I design you a heavy-duty 2-8-0, it will not have a Woopaire boiler (just a regfular Wooten one!), nor will it be "haunted."
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Eddie-Sand Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
lol...I just noticed the "Amityville Horror Eye Window" like cab windows!

I fail. XD
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Some hapless hostler seems to have gotten them all out of whack trying to close them. Cinders in the window tracks no doubt. >>
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gh22 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Good eye ;)
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trainman142 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
All I can say is, Woopaire boiler+ the number 666= pure AWSOMENESSSS!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Yes. Thanks. I thought so, too. =D
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trainman142 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Is the Woopaire boiler actually a real thing by the way? It looks an awful lot like the boilers found on Camelbacks :?
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I'm not aware of any real boilers that actually live up to the Woopaire concept of a Belpaire (square-topped) Wooten (extra-wide) firebox, although since wide Belpaire fireboxes existed, there isn't any technical reason why a "Woopaire" could not have been built. Modern camelbacks were designed to place the cab in front of standard Wooten fireboxes, which might explain the aesthetic similarity in your mind.
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Devvvtrain Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Their like PRR I1 "hippos" right?
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:iconatticus-w:
Atticus-W Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Oh, sorry, but is WHAT like a PRR Hippo, exactly? ^^;
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Justin-Murphy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
He's saying that Penna. Southern No. 666 looks like a Pennsylvania Railroad I1. 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRR_I1s#…

Compare #666 with PRR #4483.  If you had done this already, please don't snap back at me like a snapping turtle. =P
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Devvvtrain Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
How is she a demonic,hellfire-fueled engine?
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:iconatticus-w:
Atticus-W Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
*Points to the Woopaire boiler*

It's all ya need. Each one is certifiably possessed! The less questions about "how," the better.
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ChessYoshi Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I could totally write an episode with this locomotive!
It would seem that at some time in history, a 666 had appeared.
I think a steamer with this number has more magnitude than say my version: [link]
I LOVE the evil window frames!
And I guess it didn't need a tender as its fire never exhausted.
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Hahaha, are you observing the rather less-than-originalness of the number reference I’ve chosen here? =D I can think of at least one other fellow around here with a picture of and a story about a steamer No. 666-- and his was rather more creative than mine. XD

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. =p

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!
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Mikado55 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EPICLY AWESOME!!!!!!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Thank you Mr. Heiderscheid! =D
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TimothyJfurfag Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Great job :3
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Thanks! =D
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simulatortrain Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDDDDDDDDDD

YESSSSSSSS
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
BAHAHAHA!
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