Sail on The Railways

Updated: 26 July 2010
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Sail power has never found much popularity on railways. It is easy to see why- for a start, tacking into an opposing wind is going to be a very difficult business. One could also anticipate problems when a four-masted schooner-rig express engine encounters a tunnel.

Nonethless, here one brave soul has had a go, and looks pleased at the result.

Left: Sail power on the rails

Or should that be "off the rails"? I know nothing about this picture except for the caption.

I think the "locomotive" is gaff-rigged with two jibs, but given my general lack of knowledge on seagoing matters I wouldn't take that on trust if I were you.

From the British journal Railway Gazette, 22 May 1931, p772

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