World War II Steam Locomotive Query: Stationary Power Production

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The 714th's steamers were 2-8-0s of WWII vintage. I had TC OCS there
'66-'67 then was stationed there for my two years active duty '67-'69. I don't
remember the steam plant failure so I assume it was after I was "promoted
to civilian" in May of '69.

Dave Phelps

In a message dated 10/23/2013 3:56:39 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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I can tell you that while at Ft Eustis from 69-70 we had a steam plant
failure and one of the 714 TBROSDE 0-8-0s was placed into service. Only
temporary but the engine had to be idled due to build up in the firebox.
Chocks were welded to the rails and the steam lines were hoses, not pipes. I
will forward this question to one of my former LTs in C Company.

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Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:05 am
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Hello All,

I have a steam locomotive history question that I hope one or more of you
can answer for a World War II model railroading project I am engaged in. In
addition, I am generally interested in this question from a history of
technology standpoint. There were a number of N&W locomotives used during the
war as stationary steam units for industrial power use when plant
construction schedules and war needs overlapped. In a number of cases large
articulated units were used to bring plants online before onsite power plants were
finished because of wartime expediency. Mason Cooper mentions this in his
book on the Shenandoah Division and has a few photos. My question, from a
modeling standpoint, is how were such locomotives secured to the track for
long periods? Were wheel sets chocked or the united attached to the ground in
some manner? The last time I was down at the archives I meant to search for
photographs but forgot and may try later in the year.
I am building either a chemical or pharmaceutical plant and plan to have
one locomotive in the foreground providing steam through a pipeline system
although I have been wondering about how the locomotive was secured. Any
thoughts or anyone with previous experience with the matter would be greatly
Gerard J. Fitzgerald
Charlottesville, Virginia

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