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459 cab side panels

November 26, 2019 11:49PM avatar
Hi guys !

A recent post on the Facebook RGS group showed this photo of 459 (I think it is a forwarded post by William).


At first I wondered if the Autumn 1941 claimed date might be wrong, since the engine didn’t showed the steel cab side I thought she should wear by then.
So I went through my available ressources, aka O’Berry’s Mudhens, the Friends Pictures Library, and DPL.

And again the Friends’ Collection proved to be of great help !
The two following pics are from Otto Perry, same train Northbound out of Durango dated 10/17/1941.



Those pics were also available at DPL, which made it possible to zoom in to show cab side details.
As you can witness, a close look revealed 459 had both style of cab side panel at the same time ! Right side was indeed steel sheeted, while left side was still wood !!!

Now the good question is : did 459 left for Mexico like this, or was some shop work performed on her before she went south !??



SNCF passenger trains engineer
Volunteer on the "Chemin de Fer de Rillé" (60cm/2ft, France)
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