Monday, February 9, 2015

New York Central Rail Line



This is an interesting picture from the New York Central Rail Line. It shows a combination passenger car and locomotive. I have trouble understanding how this particular design could be very practical. I would think it would be very hot there beside the boiler. I would also think this would impair the vision of the conductor. So, I am not exactly sure how it works, but it is an interesting picture.

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  1. Well at least during the Winter the passengers would be nice and warm.

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  2. I showed this unique picture to my hubbie who is a rail fan. Here is what he thought: This may have been an experiment meant to make locomotive operation safer for the engineer and/or fireman. I doubt it was intended for passengers, but only looked that way. It essentially covered the two walkways on either side of the engine so that someone could move about the loco without slipping and falling, say if it were snowy weather. I think the usable space inside was way too narrow for passengers, plus unbearably hot and maybe even dangerous. I doubt any engineer would want passengers fiddling with his locomotive safety devices or controls.
    -Anne K.

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  3. Some kind of promotional display? Even the simplest routine maintenance would be a nightmare.

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  4. Does it tell us anything that the word "Cleveland" is on the side of the locomotive? Is that the maker? You don't give a date on this one, which is often helpful. I notice that the "cattle catcher" is rather small, compared to those on western and midwestern trains. Does this indicate this locomotive was used mostly in urban areas where real cattle were not often encountered? Interesting picture and comments.

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  5. I can't find much detail, but it appears this was indeed intended for passengers as an observation car.

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