A brief history and some facts about Engine 107

First let us start with some history of Engine 107

Engine 107 was built by  Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA. It was built in September of 1919, so as of this writing Engine 107 is 91 years old. Engine 107 is a Prairie Class 2-6-2. This means that it has 2 Pilot wheels in front, 6 large Driving wheels and 2 trailing wheels.

It was originally built for the Industrial Lumber Company in Oakdale, Louisiana, USA. It used wood for fuel as there was plenty available. It worked hard pulling and pushing cars full of logs and cars full of finished lumber. It did this job for over 50 years, then Engine 107 was left on a siding, all alone and neglected. Happily for us Mr. Graham found Engine 107 in 1977 and brought it to Fort Edmonton Park.

It took a lot of hard work to get Engine 107 into running condition again. It was converted to burn recycled motor oil. The kind of oil you get when you change the oil in your car. So every time you get your car's oil changed, you are providing fuel for Engine 107.

In April of 1978 Engine 107 started it's trial runs and was ready to haul passengers when Fort Edmonton Park opened for the season.

Here are some interesting facts about Engine 107

The 2 steam cylinders, one on each side, produce 1100 horsepower.

The engine weighs 112,000 lbs and it's tender weighs 60,000 lbs.

The tender holds 2500 gallons of water used to make steam.

The fuel tank holds 900 gallons of recycled motor oil.

In a normal day we use about 2000 gallons of water and about 200 gallons of fuel.

The total length of Engine 107 and it's Tender is over 51 feet and about 14 feet high.

Engine 107 requires 2 people to operate it. The Engineer who controls the throttle, the brakes and the whistle.
The Fireman who controls the fire, the water level, the air compressor for the brakes and rings the bell.

Both the Engineer and the Fireman share the job of keeping Engine 107 properly lubricated and serviced.

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