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2-6-8-0

Definition of the noun 2-6-8-0

What does 2-6-8-0 mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. Under the Whyte notation system, a Mallet-type locomotive with two leading wheels on a leading truck, a set of six driving wheels followed by another set of eight driving wheels, and no trailing wheels.

Explanation

2-6-8-0: A 2-6-8-0 steam locomotive, in the Whyte notation for describing locomotive wheel arrangements, has two leading wheels, a set of six driving wheels, a set of eight driving wheels, and no trailing wheels. These locomotives usually employ the Mallet principle of articulation, with a swinging front engine and a rigidly attached rear engine.

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