National Geographic : 1944 Jun
GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY BETWEEN GREAT LAKES AND PACIFIC 'u A rfL METETENALBERTA SASAATCNFWN 1NNp0 ONTARIO ,MONTANA rro ... yREl~wA4106 - ... '" ". 7; . u WC .. .. MOSCOW SELLS N SDAA rEaa Q 6riEWII*U rM"RE' O I -. '-' .~~ pUO -"~ i~+...^.... .... i7.MU ' ~UI ... ti "./ , pTVRR " T T2XMEW7Cn fC~T MNSR p1 " WIL! R1MMGm G.N.IRON HORSES GET CONSTANT GROOMING FOR TOP PERFORMANCES Proper Maintenance Assures Physical Fitness-Keystone of Dependable Service Great Northern locomotive shops and roundhouses aren't very glam orous places. They don't make pretty pictures. The men and women who work in them know the smell of smoke, the feel of grease, the heat of welding torches, the in cessant rumble of machinery. They know, too, the necessity for the constant inspecting, servicing, repairing and overhauling of the big iron horses which pull Great Northern trains. Maintenance of a gigantic loco motive fleet entails difficulties in peacetime; but, stir in a war, mix with serious manpower* and mate rial shortages, and the task becomes enormous and seemingly insur mountable. The railway is licking that job with knowledge, determi nation and resourcefulness. *On April 1 there were more than 5,900 G. N . employes in the Armed Forces The front of a locomotive boiler is known as the "smoke box." Great Northern never has com promised on providing adequate,re liable motive power. Traditionally, the railway always has insisted on peak locomotive performance-the keystone of dependable service. That tradition is one of the many things which make Great Northern great. Polishing the headlight is a natural job for women workers. The mechanism which provides even distributionof steam in a locomotive is a multiple valve throttle and superheaterheader. It weighs 1% tons. Tired iron horses undergoing repairs in one of G.N.'s several large loco motive shops, strategically located along the 8,000-mile system.