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4-8-6

Definition of the noun 4-8-6

What does 4-8-6 mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. Under the Whyte notation system, a steam locomotive that has four leading wheels arranged in a leading truck, eight coupled driving wheels and six trailing wheels in a trailing truck. The C&O had one planned as their class J4, but it was never built.

Explanation

4-8-6: Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, a 4-8-6 locomotive would have had four leading wheels, eight coupled driving wheels and six trailing wheels.

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