Train no. 3, west bound 'Riley' taking water

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Identifier

NG502051

Title

Train no. 3, west bound 'Riley' taking water

Subject

Steam Locomotive

Description

The 5421 gets a refill as she pauses at Lafayette depot on no. 3, the westbound 'Riley'. The 18,000-gallon capacity of her PT tank enabled her to make the 173-mile run from Cincinnati to Lafayette for water, whereas an engine with conventional tender either had to take water at Greensburg, a conditional stop only, or else make an unscheduled stop at Glenn, a water station out in the country 13 miles west of Indianapolis (there were no waterplugs at Indianapolis Union Station). Engines equipped with 'centipede' tanks were usually kept on the Cincinnati-Kankakee trains, and if none were available, an engine change was usually made at Indianapolis.

Creator

Jeremy Taylor

Contributor

Jeremy Taylor

Format

2-1/4x3-1/4 neg

Date Created

Spring, 1954

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Sub-Subject

4-6-4

Negative Number

485

Class-Lot

J-3a

Road Number

#5421

Builder

Alco-Schen

Location

Lafayette, IN

Citation

Jeremy Taylor, “Train no. 3, west bound 'Riley' taking water,” New York Central System Historical Society, accessed February 24, 2024, https://nycshs.omeka.net/items/show/85980.

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