I think the 'box' just behind the stack is the steam regulator valve with external steam pipe to the cylinders. You can see a solid shaft control going all the way to the cab. Later locomotive designs had the regulator within the steam dome and the steam pipe to the cylinders inside the boiler and smoke box.
If you look at the thread below there are many early locomotives leading up to that that era (1895) that had this arrangement.
That gawl durn Rattler would be a deal breaker for me. After seeing one of those suckers at my feet, this city slicker would high-tail the hell outta there and take a month long hiatus from workin' on the railroad!
Years ago I was hiking along a dirt road. My approach startled a lizard, who sped off ahead of me. As the lizard passed a fence post, a snake that was behind the post suddenly takes off after the lizard and catches it in mid-run! The whole scene played out right in front of me, in just a matter of seconds. I don't remember what kind of snake it was, but not a rattler.
We got a good group from Houston Area 'G' Gaugers going. NGRC is held at the time of our monthly meeting, so we held a campaign and will hold our meeting in Tulsa. I can not wait to see the railroads and say hello to friends.
Two months, Two weeks and a few days until the 2017 NGRC.....oooh I am so excited I could rip off David Letterman...so I think I will.
Boomer's Top 10 Reasons to come to Oklahoma!!!!
# 10 Oklahoma has no Major League Baseball Team, so I can wear my Texas Rangers hat and not have to make excuses for their horrible performance so far this season.
# 9 Cimarron County in Oklahoma's panhandle is the only county in the United States that touches four other states: New Mexico, Texas (pretty sure it does this against it's will), Colorado and Kansas.
# 8 Oklahoma boasts amazing geography including the worlds tallest official hill: Cavanal Hill at 1,999 feet and four mountain ranges: the Ouachita Mountains, the Arbuckle Mountains, the Wichita Mountains, and the Ozark Mountains. None of which breaks 5000 ft.
# 7 Oklahoma created Route 66 when in 1927, businessman Cyrus Avery, created the first section of the famous highway between Tulsa and Amarillo. I will be driving this very length of highway....maybe I will meet Martin Milner along the way.
# 6 Oklahoma is the home state of Reba McEntire...she's purty (and I hear she can sing) and at 61 she is the perfect pop icon for most garden railroaders.
# 5 Oklahoma is also the birth place of Will Rogers...his claim that he never met a man he didn't like is proof that he was never a member of MLS.
# 4 Oklahoma City is the headquarters of Hobby Lobby, it will be nice to see where my money has been going all these years.
# 3 Oklahoma is the only state to be the basis for a Rogers and Hammerstein musical....okay we will call that one a draw.
# 2 Rooster will not be attending the NGRC, but Boomer will...we will call that one a draw too.
and the # 1 reason to come to the NGRC in Tulsa....I look forward to shaking a few hands and meeting some of you cool cats in person!!!!!
July 10 - 15.....Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!!!!!!!
Super Dirk and or SLHD (super long haul Dirk) as a few of us fondly nicknamed him will be greatly missed. Dirks passion for all things train was unsurpassed. Simply mention something you were pondering and the imagineeriing and research was deployed in full force. My friendship with Dirk began here on the forums and transgressed into daily banter and eventually multiple head to head meets. Dirk's monstrous layout intrigued me early on and lead to our initial contact, sadly Dirks dream of hosting and sharing his pike in the Arizona desert will never come to fruition. It would have been grand!
Dirks sunrise/sunset pictures were always incredible.
This is a big shock for me.......Dirk and I have been emailing and texting for many years. I just looked in my cell and found a beautiful sunset photo over his railroad and we wished each other a Merry Christmas. Hard to believe he is gone. My sincere condolences to Nathan and the family.