This is the first edition of Locomotive Facilities C&NW and CStPM&O Engine Terminals. The engine house employees, the engine wipers, machinists, hostlers, mechanics and other engine house workers, have not been held in the same high regard as the enginemen. This book is dedicated the memory of all these men and women who worked behind the scenes in and around the C&NW and CStPM&O engine houses. Their skill and hard work made it possible for the engine crews to accomplish the performance that made the C&NW and CStPM&O first class railroads.
Locomotive Facilities C&NW and CStPM&O Engine Terminals contains 246 pages of photographs, structure diagrams, bibliography and index. In the pocket on the back cover are two large diagrams of structures. The first diagram is CStPM&O railroad sand house in Minneapolis, MN and the other diagram is the “C&NW railroad Class D Locomotive Boiler as a stationary boiler at Ironwood, MI”.
The first chapter of Locomotive Facilities C&NW and CStPM&O Engine Terminals covers the 19th century engine houses. The photographs are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The next chapter covers the engine houses build after 1900. Chapter 3 covers the engine houses built to service diesels. The remainder of the chapters cover turntables, ash pits and cinder hosts, sand houses and sand towers and auxiliary facilities. Chapter 8 covers terminals developed in 1910. It includes photographs, diagrams and color photographs of those terminals. If you are looking for a specific engine house, Appendix A makes it easy to find. And finally, Appendix B covers 1924 locomotive maintenance practices.
The pictures and diagrams in Locomotive Facilities C&NW and CStPM&O Engine Terminals are fantastic. Some of the photographs date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you are a C&NW or CStPM&O railroad fan or just a railroad buff, you will want to add this book to your collection. Check out the other C&NW books on this website.