Definition of tank engine in English:

tank engine


  • A steam locomotive carrying fuel and water receptacles in its own frame, not in a tender.

    • ‘Thomas the Tank Engine and his saddle tank engine, Percy, return to the Steam railway for a ‘Day out with Thomas’.’
    • ‘It has the image of a tank engine - owned by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - steaming magnificently forward.’
    • ‘She said 3- to 7-year-olds come to the park to see the tank engine made famous in the children's book series.’
    • ‘In a fitting tribute to the volunteer who had given so much to the historic railway, the man was taken from his home in the railway house at the station, by a steam train pulled by a black tank engine.’
    • ‘It is not at all clear, for example, what made a Forney locomotive, as used on the elevated railways, so different from an ordinary tank engine that a patent could be taken out on it.’
    • ‘I used to stand on the pier just down there and I used to watch them go past, and it was like Thomas the tank engine.’
    • ‘Jennifer, the 1942-built steam tank engine named after a teacher's wife, was one of the first locos to join the railway when it opened in 1973.’
    • ‘Also passing through York on its way to join the locomotives is a standard 2-6-4 tank engine which belonged to the former railway.’
    • ‘In a park adjacent to the station are an ancient 0-4-0 tank engine, a standard baggage car and a small 2-8-2.’
    • ‘Also in steam will be two of the Great Western Railway's most powerful locomotives heavy freight engine no. 3822 which is on loan from the Didcot Railway Centre and a chunky black tank engine, no. 5224.’
    • ‘The Bahamas Locomotive Society, based at Ingrow in Keighley, has won the award, from the Lottery Fund, to return the 116-year-old coal tank engine to working order.’
    • ‘Each week a sketch of a small 2-4-0 tank engine appears as part of the heading of ‘Down the Iron Road’.’
    • ‘Very small steam engines often referred to as ‘dinky’ engines such as small saddle tank engines were used.’
    • ‘Such side tank engines were more common on logging railways.’
    • ‘Suburban passenger trains running out of Montreal were powered in part by 3 tank engines of 4-6-4T wheel arrangement.’
    • ‘The tank engines, named Grenville and Torridge, were commandeered for use on the Western Front and sunk while being shipped to France in 1917, according to the latest edition of the magazine Heritage Railway.’
    • ‘The engines, which have just been built at the works, are the first of the Class 2 2-6-2 mixed traffic tank engines.’
    • ‘This could only be an interim measure, and Sir John Fowler turned to the company, of Manchester, who designed and built to their series of excellent 4-4-0 tank engines with condensing gear, to an outline specification by Sir John.’
    • ‘The maximum load for these engines was 140 tones; this was soon seen to be insufficient as traffic built up, and in 1912 three 0-12-0 rack-and-adhesion tank engines went into service, designed by the well-known Karl G. Isdorf.’
    • ‘Designs were worked out for a Garratt fitted with ‘Fell’ wheels on each unit; this, it was hoped, would be equal to three of the small tank engines.’


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