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2-8-8-8-2

2-8-8-8-2 is a palindrome (it reads the same backward as forward).

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Definition of the noun 2-8-8-8-2

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

noun

  1. Under the Whyte notation system, a steam locomotive that has two leading wheels, three sets of eight driving wheels, and a two trailing wheels.

Explanation

2-8-8-8-2: Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, a 2-8-8-8-2 has two leading wheels, three sets of eight driving wheels, and two trailing wheels. Because of its length, such a locomotive must be an articulated locomotive. It is not longer than a normal articulated; the third set of drivers is located under the tender. All of the examples produced were of the Mallet type.

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