This Three Wide Locomotive Drag Race From Finland Is Way Cooler Than You Are Expecting


This Three Wide Locomotive Drag Race From Finland Is Way Cooler Than You Are Expecting

If you are a big time steam freak or someone who is into locomotives and have known about hi-jinx like this for years, forgive us. We never knew that locomotives were drag raced! In this video (which we believe is from Finland) we see three engines that are unencumbered aside from their fuel tenders let loose in a three wide fashion on sets of parallel tracks. The three behemoths actually get their roll on pretty hard and that may be the thing we dug about this video the most.

When you think of a steam train accelerating the obvious place your brain goes is to the slow cadence of chuffing steam that eventually increases until the engine is running down the track. Remember that the laboring and slow accelerating comes largely from the fact that there are hundred or thousands of tons of cars behind the engine in those cases. In this video? Nothing but a coal or wood tender to keep the firebox hot and the steam blazing. We chopped off the early part of the video which was a bunch of yelling in Finnish and trains sitting there. All we have below is the action, now.

These things bring a whole new meaning to the term “rolling coal” because when their throttles are pushed wide open, two out of the three locomotives unleash a near volcanic cloud of soot. We’re not sure if they tore down the train that won looking for nitrous or other illegal power adders but it certainly lays a whoopin’ on the other two. Big smoke, big steam, big torque, and big pressure. Here’s some locomotive drag racing!

Press play to see the first locomotive drag race we have ever seen!


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4 thoughts on “This Three Wide Locomotive Drag Race From Finland Is Way Cooler Than You Are Expecting

  1. LoneWolf 573

    don’t let Bruton Smith see this—- he’ll have a track like the 4Wide built , and a whole new circus show will be born

  2. RK - no relation

    I thought the Nordic countries were all low carbon green and shit like that? Oh well, give ‘er full throttle!

  3. patrick

    Nordic countries get most of their income from oil and gas exploration and development. I”ts easy t preach on a subsidy

  4. David Myers

    The first drag race I was part of happened in Steelville MO several years ago between two early 1900’s Cagney 15”guage locomotives. Search youtube and you can find it. These engines, as small as they are, reached in excess of 22mph during the races.

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