Preparing the Train

It’s a day with heavy overcast, perhaps made more dramatic by this backlit scene on the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in Caribou, Maine. The brakeman has lined the switch for the #403 so she can ease up to the water penstock to quench her thirst. Today’s train has but a single passenger car, but it still displays the required markers on it’s rear. The train will next move down to the Caribou depot for boarding.

Locomotive #403 is a 2-8-0 Consolidation built by ALCO’s Schenectady Works in November of 1937, hence was still quite new when Jack Delano recorded this image in October of 1940.

BAR 2-8-0 #403, Terminal at Caribou, Maine

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