The train arrived in Elbe with the engine pulling the cars in the "cab forward" position.
This locomotive was built by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, New York, in September 1929.
This locomotive is a 2-8-2 "Mikado". A worker is oiling one of the many moving parts.
Front of the boiler on #17
The operating steam pressure in the boiler is 180 pounds per square inch.
The eight driver wheels are 44 inches in diameter.
#17 from the rear
The fuel burned in this loco is recycled fuel oil. A big tank that holds the fuel sits at the rear of the locomotive.
Some kids were allowed in the locomotive's cab when it was sitting at the station.
The bell made a beautiful distinct sound. The two vertical pipes that are close to the smoke stack are releasing steam.
The train consisted of four passenger cars.
#17 and one passenger car
The train is sitting at the Elbe Station.
#17 is a "tank" locomotive. The water is stored in a tank that surrounds the boiler. The whistle sits at an angle (rather than striaight up and down). The bell is ringing since it is rotated from resting positiion.
#17 is pulling the cars towards the "run around" track
In order to get ready to pull the train in the opposite direction, the loco has to run around on a switch track and then couple at the other end of the train of passenger cars.
Train and #17 on the run around track
The locomotive has uncoupled from the west end of the train and has been switched to the run around track.
On the east end of the train cars, #17 is switched back to the main track and is preparing to backup and couple to the passenger cars.
With a loud thump the loco couples to the train cars
Taking on water
I am not sure, but I think they are filling the water tank.
Engineer on top
He is pouring something from the bottle into the water tank.
View from the front.
#17 from the front again
In order to take this picture, I stood in the middle of the tracks. Nathan warned me that I was "fouling" the tracks and shouldn't stand there. The hose on the left was still connected to the engine, so I knew it was not going anywhere.
The engine is seen from the right side.
Tank engine and 4 passenger cars sitting west of Elbe Station getting ready for the 40 minute run to Mineral.
Turn off the valve, unhook the hose, and let's get rolling!
The engineer is checking something at the top of the locomotive.
Passengers waiting to board the train at the Elbe Station
The train is still sitting west of the station.
Finally, the train pulls up to the station
Open air passenger car
We boarded the train and moved to the open air car just behind the locomotive.
Open air window
Mary is sitting in the open air window.
#17 from the first passenger car
We boarded the train and went to the open air passenger car that sat just behind the locomotive. This view is looking towards the engine from the first passenger car. The worker is adjusting a video camera that he has mounted facing inside at the rear window of the cab.
Reflections on the rear of the locomotive
We are looking through the gated doorway at the front of the passenger car.