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Driving wheels are generally larger than leading or trailing wheels . Since a conventional steam locomotive is directly driven, one of the few ways to ' gear ' a locomotive for a particular performance goal is to size the driving wheels appropriately.  Freight locomotives generally had driving wheels between 40 and 60 inches (1,016 and 1,524 mm) in diameter; dual-purpose locomotives generally between 60 and 70 inches (1,524 and 1,778 mm), and passenger locomotives between 70 and 100 inches (1,778 and 2,540 mm) or so. Some long wheelbase locomotives (four or more coupled axles) were equipped with blind drivers. These were driving wheels without the usual flanges , which allowed them to negotiate tighter curves without binding. 
There is a real irony attached to the photo posted above your article — the photo of Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin (with Moshe Dayan on his right) entering the Old City of Jerusalem 50 years ago. Years later, like so many Jews in Israel and around the world, Rabin came to regret the illegal occupation resulting from the 1967 war. To regret the illegal occupation because – no matter whether the occupation would, or would not, ultimately be sustainable – the occupation was already warping Israeli society and destroying “the soul of Israel.” However, when Rabin, as Prime Minister of Israel, labored via the Oslo Accords to find a way to end the occupation and to achieve peace with the Palestinians, he was assassinated by an ultra-rightist, Zionist Jew. The fact that so many Israeli Jews actually welcomed Rabin’s assassination is just part of the reason that so many American Jews can’t imagine living in the State of Israel.