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Date: 05/20/20 11:41
Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: wcamp1472

Are steam locos “He’s”, “She’s”,
or “It depends”?

What’s your beliefs?
What’s your favorite examples?

Ships are almost always “she”..
( except maybe Tug Boats?)

Stilts

( some locos are outright heavy-haulers, they're male, through & through...)

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/20/20 11:43 by wcamp1472.



Date: 05/20/20 12:10
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: HotWater

Railroad locomotives are ALWAYS "She" in my book, no matter whether steam, diesel, or electric.



Date: 05/20/20 12:16
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: OSWishram

SP&S E-1 700 is affectionately known as "The Lady."



Date: 05/20/20 12:40
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: callum_out

I dunno, I don't think I'd call either of the Mallets we had at Snoqualamie as she.

Out 



Date: 05/20/20 12:52
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: wcamp1472

Is Big Boy a ‘she’?

W.

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Date: 05/20/20 12:54
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: HotWater

wcamp1472 Wrote:
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> Is Big Boy a ‘she’?
>
> W.

Yes. The men & women of the UP did NOT refer to the 4000s as "Big Boy" anyway.



Date: 05/20/20 13:00
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: co614

There's absolutely good reason that steam locomotives ( like ships) are always referred to in the female gender. I've had an active relationship through the years with a number of locos ( CP 127, NKP 759, Cp 1286, CP 1238, BR&W 60, NH&I 40, Pine Creek 6, OHC 6325, C&O 614) and every single one of them shared several characteristics normally associated with the fairer sex. Namely......High Maintenance,... need to practice lots of PM or you'll wish you had, Tempermental, ...easy to fire/run one day, hard to keep hot the next, Beautiful,......when cleaned up not so much after a run through a few long tunnels. 

      We often ran the 2 CP G-5's ( 1238 & 1286) doubleheaded and even though they were identical in all physical aspects the 1286 was always a great steamer and the 38 was very difficult to keep hot. reminds me of my 2 sons. Jimmy the oldest was in trouble from kindergarten on all his life, Joey 3 years younger was an A student and never in trouble. Same Mom, same Dad, same home, same school....totally different outcomes. Go figure. 

     Anyhow, back to the topic......steam locos very much warrant being called " she". 

     IMHO-Ross Rowland 



Date: 05/20/20 13:34
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: Keystone1

They are a "she", because they have a tender behind.



Date: 05/20/20 13:54
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: doge_of_pocopson

Keystone1 Wrote:
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> They are a "she", because they have a tender
> behind.

THAT is funny!....



Date: 05/20/20 14:39
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: LarryDoyle

In Spanish, Locomotora de Vapor is always feminine.

-LD



Date: 05/20/20 15:16
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: Goalieman

I read an article that at the 2009 Train Festival, Doyle Mac referred to NKP 765 as “The Queen”. Have called her that ever since. Thanks

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Date: 05/20/20 15:24
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: Bob3985

If you are standing there with your wife and your wife calls the locomotive a she, then it is a "SHE". haha

Bob Krieger
Cheyenne, WY



Date: 05/20/20 18:59
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: Lurch_in_ABQ

I wonder how locomotives "self-identify?"



Date: 05/20/20 19:07
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: wabash2800

Yes, women are ALWAYS right.

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com

Bob3985 Wrote:
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> If you are standing there with your wife and your
> wife calls the locomotive a she, then it is a
> "SHE". haha



Date: 05/20/20 19:12
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: callum_out

If our two mallets were women they would have been Roseanne Barr and Rosie O'Donnell!

Out 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/20/20 20:05 by callum_out.



Date: 05/20/20 19:18
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: Frisco1522

I've always called them "she".   I still remember an article, I think in Trains years ago, that was confusing as it said "She sired a whole class" or something to that effect.  Gender confusion?



Date: 05/20/20 21:23
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: loleta

Most railfans are men, locomotives are huge masculine objects. It's basically a queer hobby.

Loleta Fernbridge



Date: 05/21/20 03:21
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: andersonb109

Today's PC police would probably want them to be called by some gender neutral name so as not to offend the locomotive. 



Date: 05/21/20 05:07
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: HotWater

andersonb109 Wrote:
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> Today's PC police would probably want them to be
> called by some gender neutral name so as not to
> offend the locomotive. 

Right. Such as those round iron sewer covers in the street,,,,,,,,,,,now called "Person Hole Covers".



Date: 05/21/20 05:23
Re: Language: Steam Loco Gender?
Author: Theowhitey

If today's PC Police are monitoring this discussion, half of us will be under arrest by the end of the week. Don't be surprised when there's a "knock" on your door at 5:30 AM.
/Ted



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