Monday, March 25, 2013

Park Locomotives

 Here are a couple of Santa Fe locomotives on display in Arizona.

At Kingman, along the main line, is #3759, a 1928 Northern built by Baldwin.  It's an earlier and slightly smaller version of the 2900's such as our 2903.

Of course, the lettering is not quite right.  The tender has a message: "No Dogs Allowed" which I don't remember seeing elsewhere.  The retractable smoke lifter is interesting.  This engine is being very well maintained.

 It was donated to the city in 1956.

And behind it is a modern steel waycar.

In the town of Wickenburg, northwest of Phoenix, is this much older Santa Fe 2-8-0, built by Baldwin in 1900.  It was donated to the town in 1955 and has been on display along the line ever since.

Behind it is a wooden waycar of dubious ancestry.  The trucks have "PM RY" cast into them.  If this is a PM car, it's a long way from home!

Somebody thought these hardware-store light globes would look nice over the platforms.

The town depot now serves the Chamber of Commerce and is well maintained.

In this climate the sun takes a toll on paint, but for the most part, things last a lot longer when stored outside.  As a friend put it: "We get 8 inches of rain a year.  But you don't want to be here on the day we get it!"


Anonymous said...

Of course no dogs are allowed. That tender does not have a doghouse on it. Now if it was a PRR loco!!!

Randall Hicks said...

I wish I'd thought of that!

Anonymous said...

kind of an unusual place for the air pump. Injectors under the cab sure, but the air pumps? That is a new one for me.
C Kronenwetter

David Wilkins said...

I just consulted the Hicks Car Works Corporate Library: St. Louis Division. Specifically, I consulted "Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail" a book by E.D. Worley. The 3751 class of 4-8-4s were rebuilt by the Santa Fe in 1941. They received new cast frames. The feedwater pump was mounted on the pilot deck on one side, with the first air pump on the other. The second air pump was located under the cab on the fireman's side on top of the cold water pump. It appears that the Santa Fe did this with other classes of power, including number 5000, the "Madame Queen" 2-10-4 and other classes of 2-10-4s.