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Steampunk Semi by gunslinger87 Steampunk Semi by gunslinger87
Well folks! He is my submission to the Guild Of Steam group's Second monthy design contest. This contest's theme is taking a moder vehicle, let's use a car or truck for exampe, and concieve it as if it were built durring the 1870s or 1880's.

Here I took a modern day Semi Truck (som of you may know it as a "Tractor Trailer" or an "18 Wheeler") and designed it as if it were from the late 1870's or early 1880s. YES, Atticus DID do the same thing. He also made a steam powered semi truck/locomotive. But I DID NOT copy him! As one can plainly see that there are some MAJOR design differences. Atticus' design does have an advantage, speed. By using the some powering methods as a traditional steam locomotive he has the advantage of speed. My "Semi" on the other hand is slower, I'd guess its max speed to be at or just under 20 mph. But would average around 15 mph and just under. Which for the period was a decent rate of travel.

But I'm NOT here to debate about each of our design's flaws. I'm here to submit MY design. I took insparation from the famed Climax geared steam locomotive and also from the Ex-D&RGW Rotary Snow Plow "OY". Unlike a Climax loco, it does not have a "Gear Box". The transmission of power from the pistons to the rear axels comes from a beveled gear set similar to that on the D&RGW Rotarys. The frame is rigid and the axels are not sprung. At the time of my conception of this contraption I couldn't figure out how to have suspension on the axels and not mess up the drive train. To compensate for this I designed a "Floating Cab", The cab is suspended using similar srings like those on the seats of old wagons. The wagon frame and body were all rigid but the seat was on springs to make the ride "Smoother". Albeit the springs used on my "Land Locomotive" are far more heavy duty.

As for steering, there is no wheel to turn. Instean the ends of the front axel have universal joints and a special mechanism to keep the front wheels alinged correctly. the system is similar to how modern vehicles steer, but instead of a steering wheel there is a actuating steam cylender/piston the is used to "Point" the wheels in the desired direction. Can't really see it and hence why I have explained it.

At first I was going to "Market" the design as a machine built by "Climax" due to the very similar set up used on their locomotives. But I felt that the Deviation title sounded better. ;p

I hope you all like!

PS: Also experimenting with a new signiture. :D

COMMENT IF YOU FAVE!!!!! :shakefist:
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:iconbritannicraiser:
britannicraiser Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
i can build this easily
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Heard of a Sentinel steam truck? They should race/tug of war.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
It sounds familiar, though this design is more for hauling, not speed. (though I'm considering changing the rear drive wheels into tracks) :shrug:
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Tug of war then?
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
A tug-of-war contest? It would win, hands down. :iconfoxhahaplz:
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm meaning this Sentinel. 
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
It would probably still win. But then again, maybe not. The only way to know for sure is to actually do it. ;p
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, that Sentinel runs, you've got the specs on yours, why not?
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I've actually been thinking about completely redesigning this concept. I went to trucking school for three weeks and learned a lot about Tractor Trailers. (I still haven't gotten a clear answer as to whether they're "Trucks" or "Tractors") :shrug:

But there's a lot I left off of this that I didn't know that Big Rigs had, such as an air compressor and air brakes/lines. (Actually I did, I just didn't think about it at the time of drawing this.) ^^;
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Neat design!
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Yep! Though I never did get around to drawing the trailer. ^^;
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
HOLY CRAP!
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Yeah, never did design that trailer for it. ^^;
Hopefully I'll get around to it one day. Though I'll use the design in one of my novels.
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Pokermind Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Interesting concept for a steam truck. You might like my Virginia for early days of steam.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this
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Consolidation720 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
dude, i would love to build this, and at the same time hate it XD
it just looks amazing
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Well Much Obliged!
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Overfl0ater Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Such thing EXISTS!!!
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EKSegerstrom Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I am an avid fan of steampunk and I love steamwestern/weird west (I am a big fan of Brisco County Jr if that means anything)

I LOVE this design!! o.o
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh yeah, that looks... interesting.

Outta curiosity...

1. What if you compared this thing to an average modern semi truck?

2. What if the "road trains" of Australia would happen to run one of these?
LOL
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
1. It's slower, maxing out at about 15 or 20 mph. But it capable of hauling lots of heavy goods.

2. I have no clue. ^^;
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah, okay.
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britannicraiser Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
i can build that easily, great design
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Much Obliged! :)
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I just figured out where a vehicle like this would be used. At a brewery transporting the trailers to the different lots and loading bays. I've never seen them go fast and something like this would be able to pull them and perhaps the actual railroad cars too.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
That wasn't the intended use when I concieved this contraption. I saw it as a means to transport goods to and from towns that weren't served by rail lines. That and mining operations.
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
I'm drooling!! Great drawing and concept! Definite favorite.
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Much Obliged friend! Yeah, this was a fun one. And I absolutely LOVE Steampunk, I need to start drawing more of it though. XD
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ComradeLawson Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats pretty sweet. ive seen a lot of steam powered vehicles, as well as concepual designs for them, but i have honestly never seen a steam truck design quite this elaborate.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I have a big imagination, as well as a mental encyclopedia on steam mechanics! ;p

I took inspiration from the famed "Climax" locomotives, which utilizeds canted pitons, as shown here, to turn a gear box, wich transfered power from the pistons to a drive shaft following the centerline of the locomotive to wheel sets ("Trucks") at each end of the frame.

In this case the drive shaft only goes to the wheels at the back. Not the fasted machine on the earth, but it can haul a buko amout of goods!!
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ComradeLawson Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i figured you did. dont really know too much about Climax locomotives, but it seems like a fairly solid drivetrain. pretty good looking design too i was thinkin about building a traction steam engine with a Heisler or Shay style of drivetrain when i get back from okinawa.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
The Heisler style would probably work better than a Shay type system. The Shay is my favorite of all geared steam locos, but the Climax comes as a really close second.

Here's a really awesome website about geared steam locomotives in North America. And not just the Shay, Heisler, and Climax! Yes, there were MANY different kinds of geared steam motive power.
[link]

It's a massive archive of information and rare photographs. If you're not familiar with Climax locomotives I'd recomend checking out that portion of their site. And the Dunkirk section, they were similar to the Climax, but use a similar "V" styl piston arrangement like a Heisler. It's all really good stuff!! :)
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ComradeLawson Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it is indeed very good stuff. thank you.
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Jetster1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Cool, Kinda reminds me of this:[link]
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Ultraloco Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
All I gotta say is this, Steam-semis are the right of all sentient beings.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
:iconfoxwhaplz:
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Ultraloco Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
It's a quote from the autobot leader himself.
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Oh... Got ya'.
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watcherinthewater Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Optimus Prime Mk I?
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Not quite. :laughing:

This was for a Design Contest, take a modern vehicle and concieve it as if it were built durring the 1870s or 1880s.
I think I did a pretty good job. :D
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watcherinthewater Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
I got that from the other comments. Still a funny though.

They didn't come for the energon...They came for the coal.
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Varinki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Cool. It reminds me a lot of this.

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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Holy Carp!! :omfg:

I didn't know there were any of those left! And one that's still operable no less!!
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MorganTerror Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
i might have my terminology skewed, but that crank attached to the right end of the regulator piston, is that a waterpump connected to the smaller watertank? or is the tank next to the boiler something else entirely? the regulator piston itself seems of a rather unusual design to me as well, though it does seem familiar.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
No, the "crank" is actually part of the Valve Gear for the pistons to unsure proper operation and to make sure the timing on the mechanics is correct.

The tank behind the boiler is a water tank, but the steam itself is use to pump water into the boiler.

As for the piston araingment, I took insparation from the Famous, yet extremely rare, Climax geared locomotives.
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MorganTerror Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
i see. i'm used to the system where the timing is controlled by an eccentric disk on the driveshaft. i've never seen the system you've used before, but i can see why it was used here, i think.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
I was trying to replicate the Stephonson Valve gear used on many early American Steam locomotives. I had to make some visual changes in order to make all the parts "Fit".
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MorganTerror Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
also, i found this. makes a lot more sense now.

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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Yes, that shows the inner workings of a locomotive's pistons. There are two differences between that animation and the system I used in my design.

In the animation, it shows a "Piston" valve. They are what are used on modern steam locomotives. My design uses the older "Slide" valve. They both function the same way, the difference is that the valves are shaped differently.
Slide valves are flat and Piston valves are round, like a piston. They both slide to and fro and determine which end of the piston steam will be piped into.

The second difference is the actuall Valve Gear, all that mechanical stuff that moves the valves.
The animation shows the type of valve gear used on modern steam locomotives, Walshects Valve gear.
The kind I'm using, again, is the older Stephenson valve gear. Stephenson valve gear was usually hidden from view because either the wheels of the locomotive were blocking the view or the Frame was in the way. It used special eccentric cams to keep all the timing and movement corect.
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MorganTerror Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
well, that explains it. i never did much research into american designs.
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