03/23/11 - Duke Power Company #111
From the NC Transportation Museum website:
The locomotive was built by the American Locomotive Company around 1922, sold to the Stewart-Jones Company of Great Falls, SC in February 1922 and the Wateree Power Company (later Duke Power Company) on July 7, 1924. This locomotive is similar to the Bonsal #7, except the water tank rides atop the boiler, giving locomotive the nickname “saddle-tank.” Duke Power used the locomotive at their Mt. Holly and Cliffside plants along with the Buck Steam Plant on the Yadkin River north of Spencer. Not much is known of its service before 1942 or after 1953. The locomotive was donated to the State of north Carolina in the late 1970s, and is currently on display in Stall 13 in the Robert Julian Roundhouse.
Harsh (Hershey) left me a comment wondering about how Monday's train shot would have looked in B&W, so I decided to go ahead and post this train shot processed in B&W. I actually applied a Vintage News action but then didn't like the extra tan tones in the shot and tinted it B&W with some extra contrast added in. It is underneath an HDR shot created in Photomatix from 3 bracketed shots.
The Robert Julian Roundhouse at the museum is HUGE and has a working turntable. I do so enjoy going inside to see the restored engines as well as the engines currently being restored. The front part of the roundhouse is for display and use. The backside is restoration. For a look at the front of the roundhouse from outside, go here:
I regret not taking shots to do a pano. Sorry, Art!
And, inside a train under restoration:
Just like at an auto body shop, the train bays allow for maintenance from underneath although those areas are roped off to visitors.
I hope to get out and take some more flower shots today... Thanks so much for your comments on yesterday's flower shot. I loved Paula's comment at the end where she called in Pinkalicious. That is such a cool title.