Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 H-1

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[Of course, trains are well and good until something goes wrong.

Did the know-it-alls who named ‘the engine bearing unit of a train’ the ‘locomotive’ also know that the word ‘loco’ is slang for ‘crazy’? Word historians take note!

When something goes wrong, the actualities of the boiler and the valves merge into a single problem. The piston does not work!

What could the issue be? The fuel? The flow of water and steam? The pressure? The regulators and valves?]