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Builder's Plates in the Roundhouse Depot

Steam Locomotive Bronze Birth Certificates

Steam Locomotive Bronze Birth Certificates By John B. Corns Some companies called them “manufacturer’s plates” or “identification plates,” and at least one railroad called them “badges.” But the name used most often was/is “builder’s plate,” a heavy, cast metal sign that displayed important information (at the minimum, the builder’s name, a serial number and date …

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Reading Camelback No. 1187

Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum Receives Its 23rd Steamer

Roundhouse Reports Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum Receives Its 23rd Steamer Previous Next Earlier today the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek, Ohio, safely unloaded its newest acquisition, a rare Reading Railroad “Camelback” steam locomotive #1187 constructed in 1903. It is the 23rd steam locomotive acquired for Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum’s collection, and …

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Water Tank Drop-Spouts and Water Columns — “Fill ‘er up, mister?” “Yes, and please check the oil!”

Water Tank Drop-Spouts and Water Columns — “Fill ‘er up, mister?” “Yes, and please check the oil!” By John B. Corns With the water tank tub securely sitting on top of its elevated tower, it was time to have some sort of mechanism to deliver that water into thirsty locomotive tenders below. While the tank …

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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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