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Sidewinder: 1890 © 1890 - 2024 Phillip Cohen



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Picture Title: Sidewinder: 1890
Location: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Photographer: Phillip Cohen
Submission Date: 1/7/2010 3:25:53 PM
Comments: Mexican Central 124
San Luis Potosi, Mexico, circa 1890s. "Tamasopo River Canyon." Dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co.

A Shorpy Image.

Comment Submitted by Wes White on Sat, 10/17/2009 - 10:02am.
According to Art Wallace's "Mason Steam Locomotives" (2004, p. 167), this is serial No. 752, Mason Locomotive Works' third from last loco produced, and as such this is a rather important picture. 752 was built in 1889 as a standard gauge 2-6-6T Mason Bogie.

If you study the alignment of the locomotive trucks, the cylinders & pilot, and compare it to the boiler, you will note that the boiler is sticking out to the right (the engineer's perspective). Another term might be articulated, and the design is to accommodate sharp curves, such as what you see here. The pic in the book, possibly taken the same day, shows this as a work train.

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Gallery Category: Full Sized Trains
Technical Information:    
Shooting Location: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Owner: Mexican Central
Locomotive Name or Road: Mexican Central 124
Locomotive or Car Type: Steam Locomotives
Whyte Classification Numeric: 2-6-6T     Name: Mason Bogie     Layout: o000ooo    Class: Tank Locomotive
Track Gauge: Standard Gauge
Scale: 12
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