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Date: 01/09/21 02:51
The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: LoggerHogger

Originally built in 1909 as the second to the last in the order of Southern Pacific MC-1 Class Cab-Forwards, #4015 is still hard at work in 1938 when she was caught at the ready at the Dunsmuir, California.  

Her class was changed to MC-2 and finally to AC-1 by SP.  When built she was seen as a big 2-8-8-2 and was the best the SP had.  In later years there would be many refinements to the Cab-Forwards which included them growing to 4-8-8-2's and finally reaching the last class as AC-12's.

#4015 has another 10 years ahead of her before she will be retired in 1948.  She still strikes an imposing image at the time of this photo.

Martin



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/21 03:08 by LoggerHogger.




Date: 01/09/21 04:34
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: robj

Very sharp detail.

Bob



Date: 01/09/21 06:41
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: krm152

Pre WWII!  How wonderful.
ALLEN



Date: 01/09/21 08:22
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: monaddave

Gentleman in the cab has a collared dress shirt. Muzzbe a Sunday.
Dave in MT



Date: 01/09/21 08:22
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: TonyJ

Excellent photo!



Date: 01/09/21 09:53
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: Cabhop

What is the large box on the pilot beam for?  I see a  "brake wheel" sticking out of the side. [I know it's not for brakes but best way to discribe it]   



Date: 01/09/21 14:06
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: cewherry

Cabhop Wrote:
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> What is the large box on the pilot beam for?  I
> see a  "brake wheel" sticking out of the side.

Bob Church in his book Cab Forward writes that these boxes contained fire hoses, adding 
in a caption: "Most AC-6's were soon equipped with snow pilot and fire hoses in box
below headlight". Obviously the fire hoses could be found on other than AC-6's, as well.

Charlie
>   



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/21 14:14 by cewherry.



Date: 01/09/21 15:44
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: PHall

cewherry Wrote:
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> Cabhop Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > What is the large box on the pilot beam for?
>  I
> > see a  "brake wheel" sticking out of the side.
>
> Bob Church in his book Cab Forward writes that
> these boxes contained fire hoses, adding 
> in a caption: "Most AC-6's were soon equipped with
> snow pilot and fire hoses in box
> below headlight". Obviously the fire hoses could
> be found on other than AC-6's, as well.
>
> Charlie
> >   

Makes sense since the Cab Forwards were designed to run through those long, long snow sheds and tunnels.
Both of which like to burn, a lot!



Date: 01/10/21 02:51
Re: The Face Of Big Steam Power Standing At The Ready!
Author: LoggerHogger

I would imagine the wheel on the side of the box is not a brake wheel but is used to wind up the hose reel that is inside the box.

Martin



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