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October 17, 2006
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society will be Tuesday, October 17, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School.

Please note: the October meeting will be in the cafeteria because of a rehearsal in the auditorium.

By Preston Cook

WHAT’S IN THOSE STEAM LOCOMOTIVES is a detailed tour of the construction and function of typical North American side-rod driven mainline steam locomotives. The presentation was assembled by Preston Cook as a companion to his WHAT’S IN THOSE COVERED WAGONS program which covers early streamlined diesel locomotives.

WHAT’S IN THOSE STEAM LOCOMOTIVES is considerably more than just a tour of the working parts of steam locomotives. It also places the locomotives in the context of the time period when they were built, by providing a colorful overview that includes 1940s color photography from the National Archives along with the author’s own photos and examples of advertising used by the locomotive builders and the companies that constructed auxiliary equipment for steam locomotives. In addition to the illustrative photography of steam locomotives in daytime and at night, the program includes many views of individual components taken with the cooperation of the National Park Service at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Topics covered in this program include types of boilers and fireboxes, construction details of boilers, types of valves and valve gear, steam chest and piston details, side rods and main rods, drivers and drive boxes, trucks and running gear, brake rigging, typical auxiliary equipment, and details of tender construction.

Preston Cook worked for the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors for 16 years as an Instructor in the Service Department Training Center, and as a District Engineer managing accounts with railroads and the US Government and Military Services. He subsequently worked as Training Manager at Boise Locomotive (now Motivepower), in Boise, Idaho, and presently is their Regional Service Representative in the Northeastern United States. He is the author of four railroad books and has also authored a number of magazine articles on railroad, marine, naval, military and travel subjects.

(Photos by Preston Cook and Jack Delano.)

If you haven't renewed it is still not too late. Please look at the year printed on your mailing label. If it says 2006, then you must renew now or face being dropped off the mailing list. Dues are $15.00/yr, $40.00/3 years, and $60.00/5 years.

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