FIREMAN AND ENGINEER

A coal burner

Locomotive No. 1473.

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412 First St., N. W. Watertown, South Dakota.

Am sending my $2.00 for renewal, also including a dollar for the Frick Anniversary Book.

I enjoyed the article on the Nichols & Shepard Company in the Sept.-Oct. issue and would like more of these histories. Especially the Advance Company. I have a 25-85 N&S side mounted engine and get a great amount of pleasure from it. It was sold in 1912 and is a coal burner.

I am employed by the Great Northern Railroad as a locomotive fireman and engineer. The picture of engine No. 1473 was taken when this engine was used in local freight service between Watertown and Huron, South Dakota. It is an old main line passenger engine and an oil burner. It was a very nice locomotive and has been scrapped along with so many fine engines.

Locomotive No. 752 was a hand fired coal burner and a hard steamer. I was glad to see her go to the scrap yard. It had a long narrow firebox and was a saturated engine.

Locomotive No. 2555 is one of the largest two cylinder steam engines owned by the Great Northern and was built for mountain passenger service.

To give you some idea of the size of this engine, here are the figures from the Great Northern blue print book:- Drivers 73', Cylinders 28x30, weight of engine 472,000 lbs., weight of engine and tender, 844, 780, firebox length 144'x102', inside height of firebox front 94', height of firebox back 711/2', grate area is 102 square feet, heating surface-tubes 5014 square feet, combustion chamber 108 square feet, firebox 335 square feet, arch tubes 48 square feet. The total length of engine and tender 107' two inches. The total height is 15 feet 111/2'. The boiler diameter at the largest point is 98'. This engine was built by Baldwin in 1929 and carried 250 pounds of pressure.

I do not want to make a railroad magazine out of the ALBUM but thought the figures would be interesting to compare with threshing engines. I don't care for the diesel locomotives.

The threshing scene was taken on the Oscar Briggs farm near Florence, South Dakota, in 1942 and is a picture of my 25-85 Nichols & Shepard engine when still owned by Walter Wilbur. I purchased this outfit in the Fall of 1948 and used it only for threshing exhibitions.