'LA ARGENTINA' -
FIRST PROJECT LOCOMOTIVE OF ING. L.D. PORTA
|Driver's Side Cab
Profile of "La Argentina"
Note tender bogie profile and name
"Presidential Locomotive of Gen.
Peron" stenciled on the tender.
||Coal space and water space inside
"La Argentina's" tender.
Porta notes that at the time he designed
the tender far too small for the engine
(in practical terms as opposed to going
flat-out for thermal efficiency/minimal
||Cab/tender access on
"La Argentina". Again,
Porta positioned this so as to aid
firemen when shoveling coal from tender
to firebox. An interesting comparison can
be made with the photo below of Shaun
|Shaun McMahon firing
former SAR Garratt NGG16A No. 141 on the
Alfred County Railway during February
1998. The bunker access is slightly too
low and the back has to be bend in order
to shovel coal form the bunker. The
firedoor, though, is lower still (not
visible) and many hours of continous
firing on these locos could be painful
work inside the confines of the cab.
by Nigel Day