How to Operate a Steam Locomotive
Mobility • 3m 29s
A step-by-step video on how to fire up a coal-burning steam locomotive. Railroad Mechanic Jacob Malbouef takes you inside the cab of the 1897 Baldwin for an up-close look at what it takes to make a trip around the Weiser Railroad.
This locomotive pulled passenger trains on the Detroit & Lima Northern Railway, a predecessor of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad.
After Henry Ford purchased the DT&I in 1920, this engine was the first modified under his extensive plan for improvements to the line. Ford adopted the locomotive as his favorite and donated it to The Henry Ford in 1930.
Originally made by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and rebuilt in the Ford Motor Company locomotive shop in Springwells (Dearborn), Michigan.
Each side of the tender is inscribed with DETROIT & LIMA NORTHERN RAILWAY. There is a round plate on the front of the locomotive that reads BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS PHILADELPHIA.