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Westinghouse Canada

Westinghouse 2, 0-4-0F "Fireless Cooker" 58-ton, Porter #7351 built for stock in 1941, (acquired new 6/1942)

Two views (with snowflakes!), February 1960 Edward A.Jordan

 

 

Westinghouse 2 shown here in the summer of 1963 switching west plant on Longwood Road. Bryant Barbour
Engineer Tommy Gold (who later ran the diesel at the Sanford Avenue plant), brakeman Harry Bottrell.

Not long after these pictures were taken the fireless cooker was removed from service (replaced by a new Whiting Trackmobile) and sent to the Frank Bros. scrap yard in February 1964, where it remained, unwanted, for over six years, finally being scrapped in June of 1970.

Note: The west plant manufactured appliances including refrigerators, ranges, wringer washers, washers and dryers.
Many brands were made including Hotpoint. In 1977 it became Camco, (Link) and is presently closing down.

Fireless steam locomotives, often referred to as a fireless cooker, were very unique locomotives in that they received a charge of steam into the boiler where it mixed with hot water to generate more steam. Of the many thousands of small industrial steam locomotives (often called a dinky) built over the decades very few were fireless. Other fireless engines were operated by compressed air and used in places where a normal fire locomotive would present a severe hazard. Most commonly used in underground mines, many did not much resemble a locomotive. Others were used in places such as Plymouth Cordage, Welland; a more normal looking dinky except for the lack of a smoke stack.

History of Westinghouse (LINK)

Westinghouse Sanford Avenue Plant

Porter Manufacturing Fireless Steam Locomotives

Fireless Locomotives

10 (2nd) 0-4-0F Porter #7443 10/43. Bellevue Park, Sault Ste. Marie, Aug. 1968. Walter Bedbrook

Only remaining fireless cooker in Canada, one of two used by Algoma Steel.

 

 



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