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Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Steam Locomotive no. 972 and Crew in Hoboken, New Jersey (editor's title)

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad 4-4-0 camelback locomotive no. 972 and crew
Crew members posing with Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad steam locomotive no. 972, 4-4-0 of the "camelback" design, where the cab is mounted astride the boiler to enable a much larger firebox. The higher cab location gave the engineer better visibility, but put him at a much greater risk of death if the main or side rods below him broke at speed. When the fireman was shoveling coal, he was in a separate shelter at the back of the locomotive, where he could not observe the engineer. Communication was also difficult: while a speaking tub was incorporated between the cab and rear of the locomotive, it was inconvenient to use. For more on Camelbacks, see record 1097.
Source Lake Forest College Library Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, Hoboken, New Jersey; Temporal, circa 1904
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created c1904
Resource Type
Extent 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Hoboken, New Jersey
Equipment, Locomotive 4-4-0 "camelback" no. 972
Builder, locomotive Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1904
Creator Description Freeman W. Smith lived in South Portland, Maine. It has not been determined if he was a photographer or collector.
Collection Munson Paddock Collection Lake Forest College
Image ID Paddock.327.322
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