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 Posted: Mon Mar 14th, 2016 07:24 am
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elminero67



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Until someone comes up with a more plausible explanation for the little cab windows, I'm sticking with burrito warming windows.

Something that I find fascinating is the cab on this locomotive, which sits on the median of a boulevard near the museum:.



I'm really glad that they haven't restored this one, as then I couldn't see some of the details of the cab construction:





When you look at a steam locomotive, they look substantial and sturdy. But the cab infrastructure itself is fairly delicate-the frame is clear grain, quarter sawn (pine?) attached with mortise and tenon joints with a few square nails. The corners are secured with wrought iron angle pieces. Since it has square nails, I'm reasonable certain that this is the original cab. I haven't spent much time researching them, but this loco is either #2, 4 or 5, built in 1886 or 1887 respectively. I suspect that loco #7, the well maintained one in the town park (1899) would have wire nails as that is about the time folks switched. Now I wished I'd taken more pics...seems like as good a reason as any to go back!



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