by Emmett R Smith
Here is a YouTube link to retired Pennsylvania Railroad Engineman John F Applegate, speaking to people about steam train driving, at some sort of Pennsylvania RR Museum history “do” in 2003 when he was ninety-four:
Trains & Troops Nov 2003
Wretchedly, the sound goes “ALL to Hell” because of background noise part of the way in, and I cannot make out what cab dummy they have set up for his demonstration of the locomotive backhead set up. But, what you can make out is worthwhile and enjoyable to hear. Also incongruously he is called “engineer,” but in the 1940s as one may read in Paul C Dietz’s book, Firing On The Pennsy, the term engineman was mostly used for the locomotive hogger.
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 5 June 2009]