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I think you can have your cake and eat it to: you can produce charcoal (just as good as coal) from local woods in a small workshop, and purchase commodity coal-fired locomotives to run on it.

Charcoal is quite close to pure dry carbon, it delivers more useful heat per unit of volume & weight because you don't need to evaporate the water in the wood, so the engine is smaller and also the feeding is easier, the storage wagon is much smaller (which makes for more payload).

Yet this is only a speculation, I cannot identify the engines depicted here.


by Pierre on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 11:32:00 AM EST

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