Steam Engine Silver Bar and Happy Memorial Day!

in #hive-13681923 days ago

It's been some time now since I've shared a #silvergoldstacker post, so there's no time like the present. Sometime last year I picked up this silver bar at my favorite jewelry shop in Long Beach, California but I really didn't know much about it. After some research I found out where it was produced and the year, but not much beyond that. It turns out the Class Q 4-6-2 steam engine was an important locomotive in the early days of the railroad in the US, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and around the globe. First off have a look at this silver work of art:

Mint: Golden State Mint
Year: 1988
Composition: 99.9% silver
Weight: One Troy ounce

It does have some oxidation and from what I found it originally came with a nice proof (mirror like) finish. I kind of like the vintage feel, but it still has a little of the shine left! Most importantly it is one Troy ounce of pure silver and I only paid spot for it when I picked it up, so I've already made some money because the price of silver has surged over the past month. It's also a nice work of art!

Class Q 4-6-2 Steam Locomotive

I know very little about trains to be frank. I had to dive into Wikipedia to get a grasp on how this differed from other locomotives produced in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The first railroad to order this locomotive type was located in New Zealand, it was build in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and shipped across the Pacific. Because of this it became known as the "Pacific" type steam engine locomotive.

The 4-6-2 refers to the wheel configuration on the locomotive. In the front it had two axles with 4 wheels, followed by three driving axles with six wheels and another axle in back with two wheels. The Pacific type locomotive became the primary express steam engine used throughout the early 1900's up to the 1940's when they were replaced by larger models or electric driven models. It became extremely popular and was used around the globe as the locomotive of choice for decades.

Previous models only had 2 driving axels with four wheels limiting the size of the boiler and firebox need to heat the steam. The four wheels up front provided extra stability over the older models. Almost every country with a railroad around the world were using this type of locomotive until the 1950's when they were replaced with the current type of locomotives we see today. I personally had no idea that these were still in use right up until the era of World War 2!

I hope you enjoyed my post today, I found the information really interesting. I also learned that I know very little about railroad history. I hope you all have a great Monday and Memorial Day for those of you in the US. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below. Thanks for stopping by and for all of your support, it's great appreciated!



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Same here, after having my first silver coin. I was just looking for information about the history of the coin. At first I was only interested in the design, then the history or story behind it.

Beautiful vintage bar it's off the rails man !BBH !LOL

There is a steam Locomotive with a similar chassis named the Royal Hudson and was kept running for a hundred years until it was mothballed for the last 20 years rusting away at a works yard not far from where I live. The provincial government cited that it was too expensive to keep running as the passenger rail from North Vancouver to the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.

What a shame to mothball something like that... They should have sought donations to keep it running ( maybe they did....) How are you holding up these days? I know it's been a rough year.

Love those train bars. I've seen them recently and they carry a heavy premium. Nice one!!


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Thanks bro! I got lucky on this one, if I hadn't shown up the day I did this would have been sent off to be melted and he gave it to me for spot!

wow! supercool!!!




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The 4-6-2 steam locomotives are an impressive sight, a real powerhouse in the world of Steem engines!👍
That’s a very nice Silver bar to commemorate this historic “iron horse”!👍

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I love steam engines. That's a cool bar

!PIMP that locomotive!

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That's a sweet looking bar. I dig the train motif! Thanks for sharing. I hope you had an awesome memorial day!

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Very nice! And to have gotten it at spot!