4-8-0 "survey" results

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org
Mon Aug 3 18:26:08 EDT 2015

"twelve wheeler" for the 4-8-0 is the logical extension from "ten wheeler" for the 4-6-0. As for "decapod," I think the suffix "pod" has some relevance to the fact that we only count the drivers. BTW: My father never called them "mastodons," and N&W steam locomotives were a life-long hobby of his. For what it is worth!
Jim Nichols  

     On Monday, August 3, 2015 10:58 AM, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:

 #yiv0807102677 #yiv0807102677 -- _filtered #yiv0807102677 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv0807102677 {font-family:Tahoma;panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4;}#yiv0807102677 #yiv0807102677 p.yiv0807102677MsoNormal, #yiv0807102677 li.yiv0807102677MsoNormal, #yiv0807102677 div.yiv0807102677MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;color:black;}#yiv0807102677 a:link, #yiv0807102677 span.yiv0807102677MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv0807102677 a:visited, #yiv0807102677 span.yiv0807102677MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv0807102677 span.yiv0807102677EmailStyle17 {color:#1F497D;}#yiv0807102677 .yiv0807102677MsoChpDefault {font-size:10.0pt;} _filtered #yiv0807102677 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv0807102677 div.yiv0807102677WordSection1 {}#yiv0807102677 Jimmy:    “Friendly” is an adjective I hadn’t considered in this context before.  Mollie (or Molly; I’m not sure which is proper) does that for me.     Your point is worthy, although Clovis Man might have gone with Mastodon (had he know the term to apply to the living beast), since he was innocent of wheels, probably couldn’t count to twelve, and probably really enjoyed eating meat on those occasions when he hadn’t been killed by it first.    I could never figure out the logic of “decapod” for something that had 12 wheels (yeah, I know that only 10 were driven—but what about the Union RR’s/NYC’s/C&O’s/DM&IR’s/etc’s 0-10-0’s, and Union’s 0-10-2’s?) and no feet—or why “twelve wheeler” was suited for 4-8-0’s, but not for 2-10-0’s or 0-6-6 Mason Bogies or B&O’s 4-4-4.    So I wasn’t arguing on the basis of logic (merely history), and I admit that the friendly basis hadn’t even occurred to me.    -Eric Bott    From: NW-Modeling-List [mailto:nw-modeling-list-bounces at nwhs.org]On Behalf Of NW Modeling List
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2015 7:06 AM
To: NW Modeling List
Subject: Re: 4-8-0 "survey" results    On 8/1/2015 6:15 PM, NW Modeling List wrote:

 So I assert without apology that N&W’s Mollies were Mastodons.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.     Well, whatever floats your boat, but, try this experiment. Speak out "Mastodon". Now speak out "Twelve Wheeler". To me, "Twelve Wheeler" rolls off the tongue much easier than "Mastodon". "Twelve Wheeler" also sounds much more friendly than "Mastodon".
Just a little food for thought.

Jimmy Lisle 
NW-Modeling-List at nwhs.org
To change your subscription go to
Browse the NW-Modeling-List archives at

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://pairlist6.pair.net/pipermail/nw-modeling-list/attachments/20150803/cb6fda3f/attachment.html>

More information about the NW-Modeling-List mailing list