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B&M 4000, T1a class 2-8-4 smoking it up on the ready track in Boston circa 1930. Built by Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio in 1928. Considered ugly by most railfans due to the "Cobra Hood" Coffin feedwater heater mounted on the front of the boiler. Photographer unknown. View full size.