by Emmett Smith
Engineman Wook is on a trainman’s holiday from the PRR. Now he finds himself standing off on the far side of the UP locomotive to “get away from conductors, brakemen and other halfwits so a man can THINK!” and studying the problem:
“By God, boys, I believe the little bastards have been and poured Wildroot * all over the rail!”
The engine shown, the first of the 1920s Union Pacific RR 9000 3-cylinder series, had twelve drivers, the most ever mounted under one cylinder-array on any American steam locomotive, and the 9000s all churned out some pretty big numbers!
Fuel: 21 tons
Water: 15,000 Gal
Steam Pressure: 220 lbs
Cyclinders: (outboard dual @) 27 x 32″ (center single) 27 x31″
Dia. Drivers: 67″
Tractive Effort: 96,650 lbs
Weight: 782,000 lbs
* — a popular lanolin-based hair oil of the 1950s; in Minnehaha Elementary in South Minneapolis, in a first inkling of the sexual coma, in the 4th grade us little boys all inundated ourselves with our dads’ and all “got on the shit list” at home.
[Emmett R Smith
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[27 September 2009]