Steam Locomotives of the Frisco Line By Lloyd Stagner W/ dust jacket 1st ed
Steam Locomotives of the Frisco Line By Lloyd Stagner W/ dust jacket 1st ed
Steam Locomotives of the Frisco Line By Lloyd Stagner W/ dust jacket 1st ed
Steam Locomotives of the Frisco Line By Lloyd Stagner W/ dust jacket 1st ed

Steam Locomotives of the Frisco Line By Lloyd Stagner W/ dust jacket 1st ed

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Steam Locomotives of the Frisco Line By Lloyd Stagner W/ dust jacket 1st ed
 
Steam Locomotives of the Frisco Line By Lloyd Stagner
Hard Cover with dust jacket
Copyright 1976 FIRST Edition
122 Pages
Indexed
Contents
Introduction
Map of the Frisco Lines
A Brief History of the Frisco Line
Steam Locomotive Development 1876-1928
Steam Locomotive Operation in 1928
Development and Operation of Steam Locomotives 1929-1952
Locomotive Rosters
Locomotive Diagrams
Frisco Timetables, December 1936
Bibliography
Index


A cursory examination of a steam locomotive of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway would cause one to conclude that there was really nothing remarkable about its power. The usual American Standards of the 1870s were succeeded by heavier Moguls, Ten-wheelers and Consolidations. The Pacific type was adopted in 1904 for passenger service, but Consolidations were still being bought for freight service in 1912, after the Mikado had proved itself. Some 2-10-2s entered freight service in heavy grade territory in 1916, but no Mikado types were used until the United States Railway Administration assigned 33 of the light design in 1919. It is interesting to note that Frisco management objected on the grounds that these locomotives were not needed. The seven 2-8-8-2 compounds of 1910 must be considered as an experiment that was unsuccessful for the most part and that was not repeated. The 1923 to 1926 period saw the adoption of the Mountain type for through passenger work and the heavy Mikado for through freight; but both were similar to the U.S.R.A. engines of 1919. The Mountain type was first used in 1911, and by 1926, many railroads were buying "Super Power" 2-8-4s and 2-10-4s. The 1930 purchase of some of the heaviest 2-8-2s ever built was surprising as Frisco roadway and bridges could have accommodated 2-8-4s. These Mikados were among the last order of that type from a commercial builder. The first high-speed, high-horsepower engines were 34 4-8-2s and 10 4-6-4s rebuilt, respectively, from outmoded 2-10-2s and 4-6-2s in the 1936-1941 period. The traffic demands of World War II brought 25 4-8-4s, but this was 15 years after the type had been introduced and established as probably the most outstanding wheel arrangement for both freight and passenger service.
What, then made the Frisco a favorite among steam fans? Maintenance and grooming, beautiful whistles, melodious bells and neat appearing, well-balanced design are the answers. Frisco consistently had fewer I.C.C. defects on its engines; and a dirty engine was almost unknown, even in steams last days.
It is hoped this literary effort will kindle an interest in Frisco steam locomotives among those not fortunate enough to have witnessed them in active service.

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