Some cool engine turning pictures:
Lake Street #5 Near Engine Property at Crawford
Image by cta web
Before electrification, the very first two ‘L’ roads ran trains with wooden cars pulled by steam locomotives like this one right here. These locomotives burned coal to heat water and generate pressurized steam like any steam engine would, but had been considerably smaller sized than what you may well have noticed in old film footage of intercity railways. ‘L’ trains had been light and the locomotives needed to be, too, so they could choose up speed and stop quickly, considering the close spacing of fast transit stations.
The locomotive style is referred to as a "Forney," soon after steam locomotive designer Matthias Forney, which could operate in either path, assisting to make it simpler to attach a locomotive to the back side of a train at the end of a line, and adjust path and run a reverse trip without obtaining to turn a locomotive about.
The Lake Street ‘L’ really named its locomotives in addition to numbering them. Observed right here is #five, named "Lizzie A." (regrettably, we’re not certain who Lizzie was, but she possibly was a person who had a relation to the ‘L’ firm or an individual else who did). The Lake Street ‘L’ ran steam locomotives till 1896, converting to electric energy a little ahead of its slightly older peer serving the South Side, a separate company at the time.
The station in the background is Crawford, later renamed Pulaski.
Image from web page 247 of “Locomotive engineering : a sensible journal of railway motive energy and rolling stock” (1892)
Image by Internet Archive Book Images
Title: Locomotive engineering : a sensible journal of railway motive power and rolling stock
Year: 1892 (1890s)
Authors: Hill, John A. (John Alexander), 1858-1916 Sinclair, Angus, 1841-1919
Subjects: Railroads Locomotives
Publisher: New York : A. Sinclair, J.A. Hill [and so forth.]
Contributing Library: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Digitizing Sponsor: Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation
Click right here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable on-line version of this book.
Text Appearing Prior to Image:
ighboring road, andwhen, for the convenience of passengers,the train in query was started, it wasrun precisely on the same time as the trainon the other road, and it may well be effectively to the smoke. This was also a lot for thefeelings of not only the passengers, butengineer and conductor, and the former,in his eagerness to make much better time,occasionally did not cease just at the station,even with the engine reversed, and thelatter, with a lot of apologies, would assistthe passengers to alight at the road-side.The brakes on the vehicles were in goodorder and completely equal in energy to ninetyper cent, of weight of car the tenderbrake was equally great but the driverbrake was of the pull-up sort, with theusual gland leakage. To preserve the pistonpacking tight, the engineer was accus-tomed, when oiling, to carry an oil canin 1 hand and a water can in the other.This brake was produced to do very good workby turning the cylinders upside down,altering the pistons on the rods, puttingon a lengthy crosshead, and creating it push
Text Appearing Following Image:
CANADIAN PACIFIC ENGINE, WITH FIKST FORWARD TUUCK BRAKE APPLIED. mention that these roads ran side by sidefor the entire distance, and the stationson every single were directly opposite to eachother. The train consisted of two 50,000-poundcars and a four-wheel coupled Manchesterengine, with 16-inch cylinder and 62-inchwheels. The tank was sloped to the back,and a pilot put on the back of the tender,as thete was no indicates of turning engineat a single finish of the run. A couple of passengers patronized the newtrain but when it was discovered that the littleengine could not get there on time, andmake all the stops, which had been thirteen ina distance of 23 miles, they made verybroad hints of going back to the otherline. The engine on the other road was a re-markably excellent one, and was built tor thatparticular service, with the water tank onthe boiler, and it utilized to get out of thestation with such surprising speed that thelittle Manchester could have a excellent viewof the rear of that train when it did not get up rather
Note About Pictures
Please note that these images are extracted from scanned web page pictures that may have been digitally enhanced for readability – coloration and look of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original operate.