Huff and Puff

What are people talking about when they say a steam engine huffs and puffs? I think my video here is a great demonstration of huffing and puffing. It sounds like the locomotive is actually breathing. Which, in a mechanical way, it is.

Watch the entire video. The volume is good. As the conductor is pulling into the Virginia City station, you can hear the engine slow down and the locomotive truly huffing and puffing.

Find better huffing and puffing. I defy you.

I shot this back in 2015 in Virginia City, Nevada (external link) and have just placed it into the public domain at Wikimedia Commons.


Bonus footage! Notice how little this locomotive huffs and puffs compared to the one at Virginia City. Must be the altitude.

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