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Unlike Steam locomotives, diesel-electric locomotives have all of their moving parts hidden, encased in a shell of steel panels and doors. This begs the question: what's going on inside that steel shell? Join Ranger Alan on a journey to explore under the hood of Steamtown's diesel-electric locomotive No. 514 and find out what powers the engine.

 
 
 
Tire ring of fire
A mechanic lights a gas ring surrounding the steel wheel and tire of a steam locomotive

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Powerpoint Presentation

Replacing the Tires of a Steam Locomotive

In March 2007, we had the opportunity to capture images to create this PowerPoint presentation (1.53MB) which explains the process of how a steam locomotive's tires are changed.

Last updated: September 28, 2021

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