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Rachel, 2-4-4T Tank Steam Locomotiv
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Posted: Friday, March 07, 2008 - 07:48 PM UTC

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Rachel was built for Stine Coal Co. in Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania -- a saddle tanker built for use in the Pennsylvania coal fields in 1920.

She weighs approximately 20t empty and 25t with fuel and water, with an axle loading estimated 15 tons on drivers. Rule of thumb is about 25% of that for tractive capability. On the grade, Rachel used a lot of her tractive effort to haul herself. All the fuel and water was NOT over the drivers. We figure the loaded cars at about 22-23 tons, so when you consider the incremental weight, a lot of her extra traction was not available at the drawbar.

Her fuel and water capacity is about 200 gallons of oil and 800 water.

Popped off her relief valve about 145 psi.

In 1970 she was rebuilt and christened Rachel, engine No. 2 for Opryland USA's theme park in Nashville, Tennessee. After it closed in 1997, she was loaned to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville, thence to Doe River Gorge Ministries. There she ran along some 3 miles of restored East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) narrow gauge track. That is where I was privileged to fire her briefly in 2003.

ET&WNC RR at Doe River Gorge

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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC - Tweetsie)
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Posted: Friday, March 07, 2008 - 11:51 PM UTC
Looks like fun. I studied the older images and she was quite an impressive locomotive. The restoration is a pretty good one. Would have nice to see a whole yard of these.