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What exactly are we looking at?

I know some locomotives came fitted with devices to enhance friction in order to prevent spinning of wheels when the loco starts up, such as blowing leaves or dropping sand. Is that one of those? Or am I completely on the wrong track (bad pun)?

What exactly are we looking at?

I know some locomotives came fitted with devices to enhance friction in order to prevent spinning of wheels when the loco starts up, such as blowing leaves or dropping sand. Is that one of those? Or am I completely on the wrong track (bad pun)?

comments (18)

  • Elaine-
  • United States
  • 14 Mar 2016, 03:27
sorry, can't help ya with that one lol nice shot tho
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Elaine.
I have no idea, but this is to make a beautiful image Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Mar 2016, 07:27
The black box holds sand which trickles down the pipe onto the railhead to ensure adhesion Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much for the confirmation, Chris.
I have no clue, Ayush. You already know more than I do!
Ayush Basu: We are all learning from each other SC, Ginnie, as the others have put forward their contributions.
I think it is dispensing vinegar to neutralize ant grease on the track Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much for enlightening me, Chad.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Mar 2016, 07:38
That is a good one and well observed. It MIGHT be that after or during and emergency stop, and a lot of friction is there and sometimes sparks come from the wheel or iron. Maybe the tube will provide water to cool off the wheels.... I have no clue. But I like your picture.
Ayush Basu: Judging from the general response, it could be the friction to get a grip on the rails I think. I wonder modern locos have a similar function or not, perhaps achieved through some other mechanism, Astrid.
In Thomas the Tank engine it is for sand. I guess it is the same in the real world grin
Ayush Basu: Life imitates art, Bill.
I did not know of this trick.
Ayush Basu: Just an observation I had, Mary.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Mar 2016, 10:17
I have seen a sand box and flow pipe just like that on locomotives in my country (years ago). I believe you are on the right track.

A lot of slippery stuff lands on the tracks in stations, e.g. when the rolling stock is greased and oiled. A little sand to cover that provides some grip.
Ayush Basu: Exactly, Louis. Thank you very much.
Definitely the sand box and tube Ayush.
You are on the right track with this fine photo...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Mar 2016, 20:27
I like this close view at the wheel very much!
You are right there, I think, Ayush - probably for sand.
  • CherryPie
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Mar 2016, 23:05
Interesting detail but I do not know what it is.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Mar 2016, 01:33
Très jolis détails.
That is the sander. I worked for a railway most of my life and sanders have been basically the same for a very long time.
i love your composition Ayush... i believe that the valve would be for dropping sand on the track to held the breaks....petersmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Mar 2016, 00:12
It is a sandbox friction apparatus, Ayush...quite common.

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