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Date: 12/06/18 12:52
"Dad's" 3768 - 1937
Author: scoopdejour

The New York Graphic Society printed some 16 x 20 posters for us a while back as a new product offering. This is one of them.

For details please visit www.webbersphotography.com.


Date: 12/06/18 14:28
Re: "Dad's" 3768 - 1937
Author: wcamp1472

Nicely done, Scoop..
I’m glad you did the right thing.

Your dad caught the best of a brief era in our history, a fading , but devastating Depression, and the growing storm clouds over Europe.  America sailed into the bright future, touted by the ‘39 New York World’s Fair.

And in the West Coast, the screaming Daylights were romping & stomping....

Soon, a very dark era would overtake our land, but protected by the Greatest Generation.
As sons of those folks, you and I and others, are very lucky to been brought up after WW2..

🎼Thanks for the memories...🎼



Date: 12/06/18 16:11
Re: "Dad's" 3768 - 1937
Author: wcamp1472


That front tcoupler is giving us the  “Thumbs-up” !!!!


Date: 12/07/18 09:01
Re: "Dad's" 3768 - 1937
Author: scoopdejour


I was wondering how long it would take you to notice the naked knuckle.

The neg collection has another shot of the 3768 that Dad took at the World's Fair. Not sure I have any prints left. If not, I'll do another one next time I'm in the darkroom.

And you're right, we were born at a great time in US history. Thank God for it!


Date: 12/07/18 10:51
Re: "Dad's" 3768 - 1937
Author: wcamp1472

Remember,  the K4 design was completed in 1914, BEFORE  the invention of the SUCCESSFUL stoker designs.
variants of the 3-segments, single, Archimedes-screw, and the steam-jet equipped firing table.

As the Standard Stoker, the Hanna, the Berkeley, shared the common design & their stokers became proven and applied the massive K4 boilers —————- which REALLY brought these powerful engines into their own.

Electrification took a lot of the PRR’s design efforts in the 1930s, the Depression saw many steam engines parked for extended periods—- idled by lack of freight traffic.
The WW2 saw the immense demand for bigger freight engines, and after the war, dieselization became the relief for the immense fresh motive power needs....

K4s lived through many decades and served as many ‘test-beds’ for varied schemes and improvements —- both in the Altoona Test Plant (Dynamic, high rotative-speed Laboratory), and over-the-road tests.
Later other, less concealing, streamlining was applied on several other K4 class members.

The L1s, 2-8-2, freight engines of the same era design, like-wise were built as hand-fired locos, & shared the identical boiler design.  The L1s were also greatly improved by the addition of successful stokers....
Together, the two classes had 999 duplicate boilers constructed.    

That WAS the “Standard RR of the World”, in its hay-day...

Thanks for the post, Scoop’,


There were 425 K4s locos built....
There were 574 L1s locos built ....
999 of the same boiler design.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/07/18 11:43 by wcamp1472.

Date: 12/07/18 21:41
Re: "Dad's" 3768 - 1937
Author: wag216

My gift for Christmas of 1940 was my Lionel 1668, a model of the  PRR 3768. . The 1668 was "tested"  by Dad and Grandpa, I got to run her a little, too. I still got her!.  wag216

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