As Blakfuel became the mainstay power source for all internal combustion engines, its disadvantages became more and more apparent: for one, its state of matter was very susceptible to temperature changes. In hotter climates, it would burn abnormally hot and gave off a lot more fumes, making it volatile and dangerous to work with. At lower temperatures, such as those encountered in Domoya, it would thicken into a tar-like substance that would burn very cold and gum up internal combustion engines. Another issue is that, while it ran well and efficiently in engines, its explosive power was limited at best and produced a low torque ratio. While this was not as big an issue for aircraft and zeppelin engines, it made it difficult to utilize for heavy hauls without using an extremely complicated transmission system. Advances in blakfire refinement and alternative fuel would fix this, but the need for a locomotive that was relatively easy to maintain and could operate in all temperatures without modification had become apparent.
So, the engineers in Extremidad came up with the Chauncey, a steam locomotive fueled by Blakfire crystal. You see, while Blakfuel's burning temperature is unpredictable, unrefined Blakfire crystals, when heated with a regular fire, burn hot and consistent, much like this world's coal. The only downside is that the flames are hazardous to touch, but so long as safety precautions are taken, the flames can be contained easily like any fire. Of course, considering the nature of Blakfire flames to alter the very state of regular metals, the firebox and parts of the boiler of the Chauncey are reinforced with Blaksteel, which can survive the flames and abilities of blakfire flames.
The result of the Chanucey's novel power design is a robust, powerful engine that can operate in almost any environment, and pull around heavy loads like no one's business. In fact, the design is so effective that the Chauncey is used under licence by many countries, and has become a staple, and symbol, of overland world logistics.
- 4-8-4 wheel layout for even distribution of weight across the rails
- modular design allowing for additions such as side plates, cow catchers, and even full armor for military duties
- "knuckle" style couplings, based on the pre-world "Janney" coupler
- pre-world Walshaerts-based valve gear provides an effecient and reliable system of delivering steam to the pistons, and its external layout means that if something does break, it can be replaced in a timely manner.
Length: 52.4' (locomotive) 79.7' (with tender)
Weight: 95 tons
Top speed (without load): 88 mph
Armament: None, but many are fitted to use on armored "War" trains.
Current Residence: Georgia
Favourite genre of music: Rock/Alternative
Favourite style of art: manga, mecha musume, WWII aircraft, cybernetic weapons
Operating System: Vista (lol, sucks to be me)
MP3 player of choice: Sansa Fuze
Shell of choice: 88mm Antitank
Personal Quote: KEEP THE DISTANCE.