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Old 02-23-2017, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by RavensLunatic View Post
a related question - the locomotive wheels had large solid pieces along the arc. are these to balance the wheel (seem too large for that) or did it provide some other benefit?
The piston rods and connecting rods (rods that connect the multiple wheels) are hanging from the wheels. The solid part of the wheel is on the opposite side, to balance the weight of the connecting rods and their supporting structure.