Historical photo

This image, recently discovered in the archives of the Gaceta Diaria, appears to show loco #5 at Cuarto de Pulgada a long time before yesterday’s visit to the station. The structure to the right of the train is a timber building that was burnt down in 1916 and stands on the site now occupied by the station hotel.

The location is barely recognisable but the curve of the run round loop, occupied by the railcar, gives it away as CdP before the goods siding was added. Note also that #5 is seen here before being fitted with a supplementary saddle tank. The loco’s tender actually carries ample water, the saddle tank is mainly to add weight for more traction.

OK, so the FCPyF is not a real railway and therefore cannot possibly have such a history. But it’s fun to play with photos all the same. The original image is from the WW&F, click this text to view.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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