Steam locomotive advertisement for Lima Locomotive Works
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Steam Locomotive Scrapping at Winnipeg, 1940
This was always a brutal job.
The white residue on the ground is probably asbestos boiler lagging - used to insulate between the working riveted boilerplate and the smooth ‘public’ sheet metal.
This particular locomotive was built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1905.
from: Railroad Magazine; April 1941; Freeman H Hubbard, Ed; Red Star Publications.
“D.& R.G. Locomotive”
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Streamlined Steam Locomotives
To compete for the ‘future mania’ of Americans in the 1930s, railroads followed aviation and automotive design trends by attaching streamlined cowling to some of their fast passenger steam locomotives. In fact, aerodynamics mattered much less to a fast trip … than good track, and the brute amount of steam which could be produced in a given amount of time from a hot coal fire.
This cartoon laughs at an ‘urban versus rural’ wedge concept. The ‘real’ streamliners were running between the sophisticated modern urban centres of New York and Chicago.
However, the illustration is accurate in the sense that the roundhouse and shop crews disliked - intensely - having to remove the delicate and finicky sheet metal to perform repairs and maintenance. It was never as easy as lifting off a shell as this illustration suggests.
from: Railroad Magazine; April 1941; Frank A Munsey Co, New York.
A complete panel of Strasser drawings, supplied by Mr Strasser. This replaces my photograph, which was of indifferent quality
In to the Dawn Skies
This is Southern Pacific’s 4449 Daylight it came to Minneapolis in November of 2009, its my favorite train since I was a child being able to see and better yet ride it was one of the best things that have ever happened to me, after this I can really die a happy Person
This was an Olympus point and shoot digital camera.
A lot of people love SP 4449. It even seams like most of the younger railfans on YouTube even include her iconic number in their username. But not me.
Now, I appreciate and like her, but she’s not my favorite. I don’t have a favorite and I’ll never be able to choose one to be my favorite. I could never choose between a JNR C11, a LMS “Black 5,” a VR K class, or a SJ B Class. I appreciate and love them all equally.
I guess that makes me something like the Rev. W. Awdry in that sense.
Still, this is a beautiful shot! It really captures the beauty of steam!
Train Graveyard in Uyuni, Bolivia.
“This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history. It was filmed in a single take, that had to be perfect, with a real train and a ‘dummy’ engineer (notice the white arm hanging out the conductors window). Some of the locals who came to watch the filming, thought the dummy was a real person and screamed in horror; supposedly, one person even fainted.”