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4-10-0

Definition of the noun 4-10-0

What does 4-10-0 mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. Under the Whyte notation system, a steam locomotive that has four leading wheels on a leading truck followed by ten coupled driving wheels, and no trailing wheels.

Explanation

4-10-0: Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, 4-10-0 represents the wheel arrangement of four leading wheels, ten powered and coupled driving wheels, and no trailing wheels. Central Pacific Railroad's El Gobernador, built in 1883, was the only locomotive with this wheel arrangement to operate in the United States. The name "Mastodon" has also been applied to this type, though this nickname has also been used for the 4-8-0 arrangement, leading to some confusion.

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