Watch a 4,000hp Locomotive Get Built by Hand in 1928 – Absolutely Amazing Video

Watch a 4,000hp Locomotive Get Built by Hand in 1928 – Absolutely Amazing Video

No hype, no BS, no exaggeration, this video is friggin’ awesome. This is footage from 1928 news reels showing the construction of a massive 3,600hp locomotive in Canada. It made us want to smash our computer on the ground for the simple fact that computerized automation and design has killed lots of the skill sets used in this video. To see men building wooden bucks to come up with the actual shape of the engine, the huge boiler plates being formed, the massive connecting rods (drive rods) being forged by a press the size of a house and four brave guys, molten iron being poured into molds, the engine being literally lowered onto its axles, etc, is beyond description. It is 15-minutes of a window into a world that no longer exists and it is enthralling.

We are of course romanticizing the whole thing. These jobs were probably an 11 on a 0-10 scale of awful. From the heat and dust, to the ever present danger of sudden death from huge pieces of metal swinging around, we’re not able to place ourselves in this locomotive factory, but damn, it sure is amazing to watch these fellows go about their business.

We have to guess that this engine was designed to haul huge trains over the mountainous western Canadian region. With over 3,600hp on tap and torque measured in planetary volumes, it probably did the job with ease for decades on end.

We’ve got nothing else to say about this other than WATCH THIS DAMNED VIDEO!

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2 thoughts on “Watch a 4,000hp Locomotive Get Built by Hand in 1928 – Absolutely Amazing Video

  1. john

    Are we certain that ” space aliens” didn’t build these locomotives? The same ones that built the pyramids, live in Antarctica and roam the skies at will ??? JUST JOKING…!! Great video Brian.

  2. Nitrohemi

    The star of the movies, Canadian Pacific locomotive 3101, still exists! It pulled passenger trains between Montreal and Toronto until the mid – 50s when it was replaced by diesels. It then went to Winnipeg where it worked a few more years on freight trains. After it was retired 3101 sat on display in a park in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2013 it was purchased by a guy who is collecting CP equipment for a museum he wants to create.

    It’s too bad that it wasn’t possible to record the sounds of the locomotive under construction. Steamtown National Park in Scranton has a shop that repairs and overhauls steam locomotives, and they give shop tours (Bangshift definitely should go visit it). The shop is very loud even when just one locomotive is being worked on. Locomotive shops during the height of steam, say during WW2 when every railroad was running at full capacity to support the war effort and dozens of engines would be under repair at any time, must have been absolutely deafening.

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