Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A steam dummy, was a steam engine that was made to look like a passenger railcar instead of a locomotive engine

Steam engines which operated on street railways were called dummies because they were camouflaged to look like enclosed horse cars, so they wouldn't scare horses in the street.

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  1. Here in San Francisco there were actually cable car dummies at one time- same idea. The "engine" gripped the cable and towed the passenger car. Not much later on, each car got its own grip, and so it remains today.