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Definition of the noun 2-4-0

What does 2-4-0 mean as a name of something?


  1. Under the Whyte notation system, a steam locomotive that has two leading wheels followed by two sets of coupled driving wheels, and no trailing wheels.


2-4-0: Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, 2-4-0 represents the wheel arrangement of two leading wheels on one axle, four powered and coupled driving wheels on two axles, and no trailing wheels. The notation 2-4-0T indicates a tank locomotive of this wheel arrangement on which its water is carried in tanks mounted on the locomotive, rather than in an attached tender.

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