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Jim what's with the bells (?) on top of the water standpipes? I've
noticed that before. None of the SP standpipes I've seen have that
I have got quite a few
requests off line for photos of engine service areas with lights as
originally requested by Bob. So OK.
The photos as I stated are by Wade
Stevenson who worked for the Milwaukee Road at Othello, WA. and passed on
a few years ago. Photos were believed to be taken in the
1950s, and most likely 1952-1956, so right in the transition era. I have
reduced the pixel count on these photos by about 1/3 to 1/4 of original.
Wade had notebooks with captions of
all his photos however in the move from his house to assisted living,
much of this was lost. I presented on some of that last year at RPM
First photo with #1171 (this is the STEAM freight car list, right?) (1)
On the left next to the passenger car is a light rather high up on the
pole with conduit running down the pole to a switch about the level of
the lower window sill. This is duplicated (2) on the next pole to the
right, next to the locomotives pilot. Here the switch and conduit can be
seen more clearly. The light is mounted lower and the pole is strapped to
a stubbed post. Also note that this pole has pole steps, no need for
boots with spurs here. As a point of interest, almost ALL the poles in
the photos I checked have pole steps. Please check the photos of your
favorite railroad to see if the above is a common feature with
them. (3) Then there is the lower pole on the far right. (A dead
end pole is the correct term, as the power supply line terminates
there.) Lastly (4) the concrete support structure for the cinder
handling apparatus has a pole mounted and a line attached to it, which
supports and supplies a light in the center of the ashpit operations off
to the right out of the picture.
Next photos: Here just after the end of steam on the western end of the
NP (about 1955-56) is a photo from which several lights are mounted can
be found. The pole central to the photo has two crossarms with a third
arm mounted perpendicular. The photo show the left and right lights
mounted on this third cross arm with the center light mounted on one of
the parallel pair. As I commented earlier, pole steps are evident here
also. Also conduit running down to an electrical switch box which is just
above the height of the locomotive walkway behind it. Note also the light
mounted on the pole at right. Cinders abundantly in evidence here right
up to the railheads with stones or concrete blocks either containing
walks or serving as walks themselves.
Planks or duckboards (
http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2015/08/duckboards.html ) on
the lower left in a vain attempt to keep cinders out of the nearby office
structure. Note the varied heights of the poles.
Much to study in these photos - for those who wish to see.
Jim Dick – St. Paul, MN