RailPictures.Net Photo: SRYC 3 Sierra Railway Steam 4-6-0 at Jamestown, California by Kevin Madore
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Jamestown Yard (more..)
Jamestown, California, USA (more..)
September 01, 2012
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SRYC 3 (more..)
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Feeding the movie star. Railtown Fireman Stephanie Tadlock swings the fueling boom into place over the oil tank in the tender of movie star locomotive Sierra #3. Although she was built as a coal-burner, back in 1891, Jamestown's famous 3-Spot was converted to burn the cheaper and more available fuel oil right around the turn of the century, and has been guzzling the "Texas Tea" ever since. Back when the Sierra had an active fleet of steam engines, this refueling would have occurred at the entrance to the yard, where a large tank of Bunker C fed a track-side oil spout. Although those facilities are still in existence, they are no longer operational. These days, the steam engines at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park are refueled from this tank car in front of the round house, and the fuel is waste oil....essentially used automobile motor oil. The stuff is available relatively cheaply, and it flows and ignites much more easily than the heavier Bunker C.
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