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
2 shown here in the summer of 1963 switching west plant on Longwood Road. Bryant
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.
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)
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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