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Heavier Engines Bound To Come

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The demand of the time is to move weight over d&tance at the least possible cosfc to it on slow freight or fast passenger trains. There are hundreds of locomotives in service of about forty tons weight, capable of hauling a train of 100 tons at the average running rate of stxty miles an kour. Bnt that is not the kind of fast train that our raüroad managers want. They are reqtrired to make money for the companies employing them, and they realize that it pays much better to nse locomotiveB ing sixty tous that are capable of hauling a faat train of 300 tons. It is a curious study, and one that is interesting to some minds, to investígate the rapid speed that raight be made with safety with locomotives having abnornially large drivers, but as far as th bearing on American railroad operating is concerned, it is just as practicable as specnlations or calculations respecting the time it would take a balloon of certain proDortions to reach the moon. -