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Steam Generator
130

The auto-train locomotives were not capable of providing power and steam heat to passenger cars of the train, so steam generator cars were needed.

Image: Mary Jayne and John Z. Rowe. February, 1978

Auto-Train Corporation Steam Generator NP H-1

 
 

Some of the initial generator cars were converted from steam locomotive tenders, as was # 130.

Number 130 was built as a locomotive tender for one of Northern Pacific's class A 4-8-4 locomotives (all later NP steam classes had welded tender sides). It was produced by Alco in 1926-27.

Image: Stan Jackowski

Auto-Train Corporation Steam Generator  
 

AT 130 painted up for the first time...

Image: Stan Jackowski

Auto-Train Corporation Steam Generator  
 

Eventually, HEP (Head End Power) duties shifted more and more to converted baggage cars -- like auto-train 137 -- and the modified tenders like 130 fell into disuse.

Image: Stan Jackowski

Auto-Train Corporation Steam Generator  
 

Steam Generator #130, photographed March 9, 1977.

Image: Don Jaworski

 
 

Alas, in 1977 an auto carrier car even took the poor steam generator's number.

Image: George W. Hamlin

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