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Definition of the noun 4-8-8-2

What does 4-8-8-2 mean as a name of something?


  1. Under the Whyte notation system, a Mallet-type locomotive with four leading wheels on a leading truck, two sets of eight driving wheels, and two trailing wheels on a trailing truck.


4-8-8-2: Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, a 4-8-8-2 is a locomotive with four leading wheels, two sets of eight driving wheels, and a two-wheel trailing truck.

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