The Black Diamond inspection engine, though considered by some to be a bit of an oddity, appears to have been commonly used by railroads in the latter half of the 19th century and the first two decades (or more) of the 20th century. Many of them are odd looking beasts, often looking like a cross between a carriage and a steam locomotive.

The "Black Diamond" inspection engine was built in 1889 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Nantes - Tramway - Ligne 3 - Orvault by IngolfBLN, via Flickr

Nantes - Tramway - Ligne 3 (Orvault) One of the reasons I like the tram in Edinburgh, thinking this could be the look of the tram line someday.

Montpellier - Tramway - Centre de la ville by IngolfBLN, via Flickr

Man i miss these trams. They cruised through the city gently and was the optimal transport in this city where vehicle has rarely accessible parking lots.

Heidelberg tram and sculpture 2313 by TheophileEscargot, via Flickr

Heidelberg tram and sculpture 2313 by Theophile Escargot

Tram Halt Binnenhof, Amstelveen by Nik Morris (van Leiden), via Flickr

Tram Halt Binnenhof, Amstelveen by Nik Morris (van Leiden), via Flickr

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