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Gomez Addams
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So, a 2-6-2 would be the same either way you ran it, but would an American be a 0-4-4 if it were run backwards?
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O, it would still be a 4-4-0, just running in reverse.
You may be asking your question incorrectly. Steam locomotives could, and frequently did, run in reverse. That means unless it is a tank engine, it would be running tender-first.
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