The Alcalde & Coalfield Shops

Tender & Service Pit

I was working with my Father, Emil the blacksmith, helping him fit up the brake hangers and pins. We were down in the service pit and Mr. Lyman walks over and starts in, "Nasty old wood brake beams, why it used to keep several men busy maintaining all them old brakes. You could never keep all that mess tight, and every once in a while one would come loose and go under the wheels. Then you had one hell of a mess." In the back ground you can see the new cow catcher that Tony the carpenter has made, and also the new stack from the sheet metal shop.

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