Discussion in '2-8-0 Consolidation' started by rjthomas909, Aug 25, 2021.
At Tulsa, OK, c.1942
Library of Congress Photo: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017838406/
Historic Postcard c1938.
I should know this, but I'm guessing that 979 was assigned as a yard switcher in the '38-'42 time frame? The ginormous footboards sure point to yard work or maybe a little bit of local work.
… as well as the cut-down tender …the lack of class lamps … the headlamp mounted on the smokebox arch ...the second sand dome …and the water keg on the pilot beam all point to to a locomotive in yard service
Thanks, Karl. Afraid that I’ve gotten out of practice in looking for the bigger picture in any steam motive power picture.
These are very centered, clear and focused photos. Taken by a real professional.
The driver wheels are relatively small and the entire locomotives is very well designed.
I own this postcard if anyone would like to have it for a collection.
During its career, the 979 received only two “betterments”, i.e., a power reverse and a new steam chest with piston valves. In spite, of the piston valves, the locomotive did not receive a superheater. Other locomotives in the 970-989 class received improvements to the firebox and tube arrangement, which increased the EHS from 2389.2ft^2 to 2416.8ft^2 and 2495.5ft^2. The drivers remained at 55”. Ten of the class were sold to the NOT&M during 1916; the Frisco retired the 979 during Nov 1948.
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