Friday, April 22, 2005

CP Coal

I just noticed that the classic view of San Francisco & Oakland "Liberty" [see locomotive photo below] shows it with a small diamond stack and coal in the tender.  Note the locomotive was built by A. J. Stevens (quite possibly with design work by elder brother C. W. Stevens) in the San Francisco & Alameda shops in 1869.  

Also, studying the photo further, I believe the loco is a 4-4-0 with 4-wheel tender.  Looking closely, I believe we see the end of the cab support bracket in the sun, and the rounded nosing of the tender deck right behind it - as a separate piece.   

I really don't think it is a 4-4-4T  

Kyle K. Wyatt
Curator of History & Technology
California State Railroad Museum
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Don Ball"


After studying the photo for quite a while, I think you are quite correct. I agree that it probably never was a tank engine.

Don Ball

4/25/2005 7:49 AM  

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