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The creature in center of photo has "PTM" reporting marks. I'm guessing it's a portable/standby steam boiler. What is it???

Photographed by Bruce Nelson, October 12, 1973.
Added to the photo archive by Bruce Nelson, April 18, 2018.
Railroad: Maine Central.

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Hi, Bruce. There is a very similar car at It is MEC 166: Per the remarks there, your "guess" is right on target. Prost!

Posted by J. Lark on 2018-04-20 12:13:48

It's a steam boiler car, as you say. It was used with the cranes when they needed steam power. There's a pic in Maine Central in Color Vol 2 Pg 36 by Art Doucette at Brunswick with crane 165 with a pile driver.

Posted by Alan Belcher on 2020-05-11 16:08:51

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