Men in tender cistern

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Sat Aug 31 18:34:53 EDT 2019

There is a French movie from 1946 called La Bataille du Rail (The Battle of
the Rail) in which French Railway workers are depicted riding in a partially
filled cistern as they are being smuggled across the rail system during the
resistance.  I found the movie on the internet some time ago, with English
subtitles, and found it both educational and thrilling.  There are train
wrecks, as well as militarily-focused job actions. 

Neill Herring, Jesup GA

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Forgive me for posting a photo of a non N&W locomotive, but Ed King's post
brought this to mind.   I was copying some WM motive power photos at the
library in Hagerstown, MD and this was one of them.  I did not know it was
significant until I showed the photos to a local rail historian.  Turns out
this was one of several staged photos on site in Hanover, PA where a fireman
was struck in the head by the standpipe spout, apparently knocked unconcious
and fell into the tender cistern resulting in his death.  I don't know if
this was the same locomotive, but it is of the same class involved.  The
photo was one of the series done for the accident investigation, circa
1950-51.  None of the others were in the library collection.
--Rick Morrison

Lore has it that a Pokey division fireman, taking water, fell into the
manhole.  After climbing out and finishing the job, he came back into the
cab soaking wet and the engineer said "you just have to fill it up - you
don't have to tamp itdown."

Ed King
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