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The Train Factory in the Franklin Institute (Philly)
Posted by: Mgoldman ()
Date: May 25, 2010 12:47PM

Wow... sure is quiet here in the Steam Forums of Trainfoamers!
What more ideal a subject to foam at then Steam?

Here are a few from the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia including the mighty Baldwin Locomotive Works #60000 named so since it was to be Baldwin's best and it was in fact their 60,000 loco built.

Enjoy!

First set: The beginnings of the Reading Railroad fleet.
I was amazed that these engines have a Reading Company lineage.
Seeing them on a school trip long (long) ago, they were simply "old" engines and "probably foreign". Now... low and behold, I came to discover they were part of the Reading dating to the early 1800's.

Take note of the description for the details.

The Rocket

The Conestoga

And now, for the "main attraction" - the Baldwin Locomotive Works #60000
A 4-10-2 that was to be Baldwin's latest and greatest - it's 60,000th loco.
Apparently it was not a success yet it toured the nation - I'd love to see
some pics of it on the main.

BLW #60000 3/4 shot in Museum

BLW #60000 cab interior

And... for those of you who have not visited the Museum - this engine is actually rigged to move back and forth approximately 16' on it's display track. So, that
being the case, I could not possibly pass up a pan shot! ; )

BLW #60000 in a zoom pan!

Hope you enjoyed your trip to the "Train Factory".

/Mitch



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/25/2010 05:54PM by Mgoldman.

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Re: The Train Factory in the Franklin Institute (Philly)
Posted by: srjeff ()
Date: May 25, 2010 01:43PM

A couple of things about the 60000: It was only out as a demonstrator for a short time (a few years I think), it was a 3 cylinder engine and it had a water tube boiler. I think it has been in the Franklin Institute since the 1920's. And one other thing I noticed when I was out in LA for the excursion, the 3751 was Baldwin 60004, so they were being built at the same time.

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Re: The Train Factory in the Franklin Institute (Philly)
Posted by: Mgoldman ()
Date: May 25, 2010 01:46PM

Note the remarks under the 3/4 shot.

The engine was in tests with Pennsylvania Railroad, the B&O, the Erie, the CB&Q, the Santa Fe, the Southern Pacific, and even the Great Northern. It was built in 1926 and ended up in the Museum by 1933.

Interesting observation on #3751 being numbered (serially) as 60004!

/Mitch

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