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Ed Lecuyer

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BLW Specs Sheet Records available #6 & #7
« on: August 16, 2010, 10:10:28 PM »
For most engines built by Baldwin between 1868-1938, the mechanical specifications sheets/books have been digitized and can now be searched online:
http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/rwy&CISOPTR=32&CISOBOX=1&REC=1

These are digitizations of the specification sheets at DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

I found the sheets for WW&F #6 & #7 - and have linked them here. Be careful, they are large image files.
http://www.wwfry.org/pics/Spec_Sheets/WWFNo6.png
http://www.wwfry.org/pics/Spec_Sheets/WWFNo7.png
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Re: BLW Specs Sheet Records available #6 & #7
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2010, 08:36:58 PM »
Having looked at both Spec Sheets, I find the original color, Olive Green and Aluminum, to be interesting.  If they only had color photography for the builders photos.  Will #11 be Olive Green and Aluminum?

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Re: BLW Specs Sheet Records available #6 & #7
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010, 01:21:00 AM »
It was standard practice for locomotive manufacturers to roll new engines out of their shops with the boiler jacket in a "Russia Iron" or dark olive green color.  Baldwin did it for a number of years and the Portland Company did as well.  I don't think colors have been discussed for number 11 but the locomotive would look great with a dark olive green boiler jacket, and black cab and domes.  As to the aluminum color, it was used on numbers and lettering but the jury is still out on how good it would look. 

Ed,  Thanks for the links.

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Re: BLW Specs Sheet Records available #6 & #7
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2010, 11:06:38 AM »
As to the aluminum color, it was used on numbers and lettering but the jury is still out on how good it would look. 
Stewart, do you think they are actually referring to "aluminum leaf" for the lettering and striping? That has a much different look than the aluminum paint that we now have available to us.
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Re: BLW Specs Sheet Records available #6 & #7
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 12:19:53 PM »
Keith,

Yes, it was most likely aluminum leaf.  Streetcars of the same era had aluminum leaf; when hammered thin as needed for leaf, aluminum stays shinier/more silvery than silver, which tends to tarnish and yellow rather quickly, even when sealed by coats of varnish.

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