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Ex-Elk River Coal & Lumber Co. #10, a/k/a B&O 4559
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WVa_Jon
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Ex-Elk River Coal & Lumber Co. #10, a/k/a B&O 4559
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« on: Aug 18th, 2016, 10:00pm »
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Huntington, WV is home to two steam engines on display. One of these is former C&O 1308, on the west side near Ritter Park. The other is on the north side of town, near the downtown section, and former B&O trackage. Former Elk River Coal & Lumber Co. #10 was painted to represent B&O Mike 4559 and was placed on display around 1977.  
 
This photo, the only one I could get, dates from a very rainy day in June 1992. After the rain stopped, I was able to enter the cab and get some photos of the inside: the backhead, throttle, reverse gear, etc. No gauges, of course, but the gist of what made a locomotive "work" was all there.
 
Here's the first photo, the fireman's side of the engine, lettered as B&O 4559:
 
There are a couple of discrepancies, to say the least: one, I think this engine was an Alco product, while B&O's Mikes were mostly Baldwins; the ampersand or "&" was seldom if ever applied to actual B&O steam power; and the font is close but not quite the so-called "extended Roman" type of lettering. Compare this with a genuine B&O steamer's photo and you'll see the difference.
 
At any rate, it's good to see another surviving steam engine, especially one that's been basically left outdoors for nearly 40 years.



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Re: Ex-Elk River Coal & Lumber Co. #10, a/k/a B&O 4559
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 18th, 2016, 10:06pm »
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This photo shows the backhead or rear of the boiler. Not seeing anything resembling a stoker, I get the feeling this engine was hand-fired. Imagine trying to shovel a ton or so of coal, or more, every time you worked this engine!
 
The throttle and reverse gear are both on the right side. I also see a few valves of some kind but I don't know what they might have been used for.



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« Reply #2 on: Aug 18th, 2016, 10:10pm »
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The engineer would see a view like this, looking out the front cab window and down the running board. Anybody know the function of that valve with four handles or corners on it (it's about the left center of the photo)?


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« Reply #3 on: Aug 18th, 2016, 10:13pm »
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This photo shows the engineer's seatbox along with the throttle and reverse gear. That sure looks like some complicated piping.
 
What's the function or purpose of the cylinder with a valve on it, near the center of the photo (look straight left from the throttle)?



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« Reply #4 on: Aug 18th, 2016, 10:16pm »
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Here's another look at a mystery piece of hardware. Notice that it's close to the reverse gear (and I don't know if it's power reverse or not) but I can't tell if it's connected to the reverse gear or not. Could this be a brake stand?


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« Reply #5 on: Aug 18th, 2016, 10:18pm »
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This final picture shows the view, sort of, from the fireman's windows. Not only was there a reasonably wide window at the cab's side, there was also a small window (who knows why) at the cab's rear wall. Note also the fireman's seatbox and one valve, function unknown.


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« Reply #6 on: Aug 20th, 2016, 10:38pm »
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A quick search turned up this page, from Railway Preservation News, about #10, from 2011. It's been repainted back to its original lettering, and there's a decent shot of the (mostly stripped) backhead.
 
http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=32413&start=0
 
As for your questions...
 
It is an Alco- builder's plates long gone; one source says 1924 build date. It was a so-called 'hand-bomber'- no stoker.
 
Reply #2: that appliance is a Nathan lifting injector (the injector is what 'pushes' the tender water into the boiler, using steam pressure. The valve handle you question is the water feed line (from the tender) shutoff. The 'Y' shaped handle above it is the priming and operating lever.
 
Reply #3: the 'cylinder' is a manifold, for the three tri-valves (or try-valves); the bottom one is missing. They were used to check on the water level in the boiler, as a redundancy for the (missing) water glass.
 
Reply #4: that's the air brake stand (or what's left of it). And yes, the #10 is equipped with a power reverse. And Baker valve gear.
 
Reply #5: no picture with this one. From a picture on the above link, it looks like a shut-off for the 'turret', or steam manifold (sometimes called an auxiliary steam dome), that fed all of the secondary appliances. The fireman's (left side) injector is partly hidden by it.


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« Reply #7 on: Aug 27th, 2016, 11:50am »
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Marty, thanks for the reply. I had no idea what some of the appliances/levers, etc., did or were called. Probably power reverse was more or less standard by the time #10 was built. I've seen photos of the "Johnson Bar", the manual reverse levers, and it couldn't have been easy to operate one of them!
 
It also goes without saying that brake handles would have vanished long ago, had they even been left in #10's cab. That said, I'm still glad #10 is in place, reminding us today of some of the things that got us here!



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