Welcome, follow along with George Dutka in his journal which documents the additions and future thoughts for the HO scale White River Division model railroad and to his continuing historical New England railroad research. The White River Division is now in its 17th modeler's season. The "modeler's season" runs from November to April each year. Inspiration comes from the Boston and Maine, Rutland and Central Vermont Railway during the 1950's with additional posts by Don Janes and Peter Mumby.
Thursday, 8 September 2022
Throwback Thursday - SGU
Bob Hannah took this circa 1986 photo at Steelton Yard in Sault Ste Marie.
By Peter Mumby
Photo by Bob Hannah.
1952 Algoma Central became the first railway in Canada to fully
dieselize its operations. No orders had been placed for boiler-equipped
units, so provision had to be made to heat the company's passenger
trains. Several coaches used on short locals had been outfitted with
individual furnaces, but this was not a practical approach to heating
longer trains. The decision was made to equip each such train with a
self-contained steam generator unit (SGU). Some of these units were
created in-house from retired boxcars or troop sleepers. Others were
purchased on the used market. Units 80 and 81 (80 shown here) were
acquired in 1969 from Northern Pacific. NP had built the SGUs earlier
from former steam locomotive auxiliary tenders. These two pieces of
equipment stayed on the ACR roster until the mid-1990s when they were
retired and scrapped.