A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IS MORE THEN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS

THE TITLE BEGS THE QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE PARTS THE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IS GREATER THEN THE SUM OF?

ON A RECENT FRIDAY MORNING, THE MUSEUM’S ACTIVE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE, THE VC-2, WAS BEING PREPARED FOR THE WEEKEND PASSENGER TRAINS TO PERRIS. THE OLD MACHINIST WAS PLAYING HOOKY FROM THE MACHINE SHOP TO INDULGE HIMSELF IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND OBSERVED SMOKE RISING ABOVE BARN FOUR. TWO THINGS CAME TO MIND. SMOKE MEANS FIRE AND EITHER BARN FOUR WAS ABLAZE OR THE VC-2 WAS STEAMING UP. EITHER WAY, THE PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIES WOULD BE GREAT. IT TURNED OUT THE VC-2 CREW HAD JUST BEGUN THE LONG PROCESS OF RAISING STEAM.  SLOWLY, THUS MINIMIZING THE THERMAL GRADIENT STRESS ON THE BOILER. THE PHOTOGRAPHS INCLUDED HEREIN ARE THE PRODUCT OF THE MODEST PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS OF THE OLD MACHINIST AND HIS SINCERE DESIRE TO DO AS LITTLE REAL WORK AS POSSIBLE.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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