Do locomotives have names?

Throughout the history of railways many locomotives have been named (just as many have been numbered, and many have borne both a name and a number), but Britain’s Great Western Railway, the prime exponent of the broad gauge, was noted for being an enthusiastic namer throughout its long existence, and perhaps less …

How are locomotive named?

Locomotives have been named after notable actors, artists, composers and singers (see also ‘Literature’). A popular theme with many companies, but especially the Great Western Railway in its early days.

How are trains named?

The tradition of naming trains is as old as the railways – back to the 1820s and George Stephenson’s Rocket. This followed in the convention of naming ships – and gave an extra sense of character to the technology. Catching the Flying Scotsman sounds more of an event than the 11.37 from King’s Cross.

What is the most common locomotive in the US?


Axle load 72,000 lb (32,658.7 kilograms; 32.7 tonnes) max
Loco weight 423,000–432,000 lb (192,000–196,000 kilograms) 212–216 short tons (189–193 long tons; 192–196 t)
Fuel type diesel fuel
Fuel capacity 5,500 US gal (21,000 l; 4,600 imp gal) or 6,200 US gal (23,000 l; 5,200 imp gal)

Do trains have names?

In the history of rail transport, dating back to the 19th century, there have been hundreds of named passenger trains. Lists of these have been organized into geographical regions. Trains with numeric names are spelled out. For example, the 20th Century Limited is listed under “Twentieth Century Limited”.

Why are train wagons named after fish?

Re: Origin of Code Names for Engineers’ Wagons When the GWR civil engineers asked the wagon shops to produce a small wagon to help moving sleepers, bits of rail etc it was called a skate, as in rollerskate. Later when other engineers wagons were needed they were punningly given fish names for their telegraphic codes.