18 years ago
that we see in old pictures really worked?
Here are two:
On some old photos of steam tenders, I have seen items referred to as re
railers that are attached to the frame of the tender.
My question is: What are they re railing...is it a derailed wheel of the
leading truck of the engine or a car it is hauling? How does this device work
to accomodate the rerailing? Was it used often and does it still have any
My second question has to do with mechanical bell ringing on a steam
locomotive. I know of arrangements in which the bell seems to be activated by a
cord to the cab, but on the large locomotives such as the Challengers and Big
Boys, a bell ringing seems to be mechanical. Was the device that ran the
mechanical bell ringer, steam, electrical or air driven?
While I am on a roll....what about the power to drive an automatic coal stoker
on the large steamers?
Looking forwards to the answers,