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Coming and Going: 1908

Coming and Going: 1908

Circa 1908. "Suburban station, Petoskey, Michigan." Yet another glimpse of this bustling burg. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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These engines seen here are of the 4-4-0 wheel arrangement. This type engine was instrumental in building the portion of North American continent represented by Canada and the US. These type engines were also referred to as the "American" wheel arrangement and were ubiquitous well into the 20th century on most North American railroads. In Canada they were called "Prairie". In fact, 3 engines of this type remained in full service on the Canadian Pacific Railway virtually until the end of steam on the CPR in the very early 1960's. All 3 are preserved to this day.

A bit of TLC

The crew of the engine on the left are using their lay-over time to give the bell and air compressor a bit of attention. The coal on this engine is a lot better than the last one we saw.

Makin' Tracks

Are the two righthand sets of tracks, separated from the others by that fence, the main line tracks? What was the Welcome sign behind the station pertaining to? Note two locomotives on the middle set of tracks, picture is full of really neat images and details. I look forward to learning more about old steam locomotives!

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