August 2010

The 'Forney' Tank locomotive

This style of engine was designed by Matthias Forney,1835-1908. The design is between 1861-64. These engines were specifically designed to haul carriages on the elevated railways of New York, Chicago, Boston & Philadelphia - these railways were built over the city streets, so the locos had to handle tight radius curves. The city design was 0-4-4 with the second set of drivers 'flangeless'. Over 500 were built; the design ran equally well in forward or reverse, saving switching & turntables.

The Forney Locomotive

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The locos could pull up to four carriages and the limited coal/water capacity was no problem in a city. However the use in cities was short lived and the decline was under way by 1895. Electric locos took over. Suddenly there were hundreds of locos out of work, but to Forney's dismay, the locos found ready work as 2-4-4 hauling logging trains and working the 2 foot (600mm) gauge Maine Railway. Forney was not a narrow gauge enthusiast and often wrote editorials deploring the expansion of these narrow gauge networks. Few survive in the US. It is unknown whether any came to Australia. The Museum has three examples (one live steam).

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS - August 1969. The Burgers of Turon - in their wisdom have decided to bring the Village of Kurremi into the 20th Century. The process involved rezoning the Rural Lands & Village classification to Industrial. There had to be speculation as to the motives, some freehold land was owned by trusts. The developers had received expressions of interest from Becks Brewery, Wheat Handling Authority & Esso Australia. The next few months will see the erection of silos, brewery buildings (traditional) & an oil refinery, with a storage tank complex - work in underway. Direct impact on the residents of Kurremi has been assessed but is not available for public comment - however the storage & transport of wheat from the complex by rail will be a big improvement on the live style of the town's inhabitants. More information will be published, as it is available.

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