|They're down right ugly, but they were needed in every branch of
industrial activity, such as mines, lumber mills, manufacturing plants, and construction.
Geared locomotives are suitable for use
on the steep grades, sharp curves, and uneven track frequently found in lumbering
operations and stone quarries. They have center-brearing trucks, with all wheels acting as
- Fireless locomotives have a steam-storage tank that is charged with steam and hot water
from a stationary plant. They were used around powder works, lumber yards, sugar
refineries, and other areas where sparks and smoke pose a fire hazzard.
- Compressed-air locos were used around powder works, textile and paper mills, and in
mines, because the exhaust(air) cannot contaminate the atmosphere, blacken walls, or soil
- Saddle or side tanks were often used to eliminate the need for a tender.