Santa Fe 1480 Class Atlantic
#16
Hi Lutz, once again fantastic restoration work. But I have a question. The smokebox face is painted with the obvious graphite mix that was used, but not the sides. Was it an ATSF practice of the time to paint the side in black and only the front door in graphite gray? Thanks!
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#17
Usually, the smokebox gets the oil/graphite treatment, while the front of it is usually painted the same as the boiler. However, the lack of rivet detail on the smokebox suggests that it's been lagged - insulated, like the boiler, then similarly covered with sheet metal. It wouldn't then need to have the graphite/oil mixture applied.

I can't comment on Santa Fe's practice regarding the graphite on the front - it wouldn't be necessary, but perhaps it was for appearances sake.

Wayne
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#18
Matt and Wayne,

thank you for your comment. Here are some better photos of the real #1488: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/57224/rec/38">http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/si ... 224/rec/38</a><!-- m --> Note mixed types of pilot wheels, front axle of pilot truck with spoked ones and rear with disc type.
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It seemed to me the graphite cover was initially rather bright when the loco came out of the backshop, but in the course of time it darkened.
What i found too was the different mode the Santa Fe treated their locomotives. In most cases only the smokebox front was anthracite, but not the sides. The stack was either black or anthracite, it may depend from the subdivision where the engine was based. Also the white painting of the rods. Initially i thought this was a wartime arrangement for better visibility, untill i found photos from the pre war aera.

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Cheers Lutz
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#19
Thanks Wayne and Lutz,

Indeed, it seems the locomotive has the jacket covering the smokebox, which enabled painting. A rarity in later steam days.

Matt
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#20
The 4-4-2's ran in relatively flat areas. In California, they were used mostly in the central valley. They were probably also common in the Midwest from Chicago South to the gulf. From New Mexico West to So Cal, the terrain was just too mountainous for the Atlantic types.
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