Month: May 2020

Pullman Sleeping Car – “White Castle”

Pullman – “White Castle” Previous Next Our Pullman heavyweight sleeping car – named “White Castle” – boasts an impressive resume. Read on for more information on the many jobs this car has held over the years. The Pullman Company manufactured and operated railroad sleeping cars during the first half of the 20th Century. Pullman developed …

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Other than a steam loco, nothing says “Old-Time Railroading” more than a wooden water tank—Part 2

Other than a steam loco, nothing says “Old-Time Railroading” more than a wooden water tank—Part 2 By John B. Corns Having completed a satisfactory design and size for a wooden water tank tub to hold the water destined for filling steam locomotive tenders and, eventually, steam locomotive boilers, the next aspect was to design an …

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Other than a steam loco, nothing says “Old-Time Railroading” more than a wooden water tank—Part 1

Other than a steam loco, nothing says “Old-Time Railroading” more than a wooden water tank—Part 1 By John B. Corns During the days of steam locomotion every railroad faced the same problem—supplying water to locomotive tenders while the generation of steam by the locomotive constantly emptied the tenders. At one extreme, several first class lines …

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Alabama, Tennessee & Northern 2-10-0 #401 — A locomotive blessed with the Luck of Lindy

Alabama, Tennessee & Northern 2-10-0 #401 — A Locomotive Blessed with the Luck of Lindy By John B. Corns The basis for the word Decapod comes from the Greek for “10 footed.” Having 10 driving wheels (or “feet”), the 2-10-0 Decapod-type was a larger outgrowth of the very successful 2-8-0 Consolidation-type that had only 8 …

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Boxcar – PRR 51121

Boxcar – PRR 51121 Previous Next Since the US railroads frequently handed off freight cars between each other (the railroad term is “interchange”), it was advantageous to standardize design of cars between the numerous different railroads and companies who owned them. Standardization avoided compatibility issues such as one railroad’s cars not fitting through another one’s …

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