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Israelite House of David - New Locomotives

         

Just after WWII the colonists decided that the eight little locomotives which had carried so many park visitors were no longer up to the task.  They were old fashioned, under powered and showing wear.  It was decided to replace these engines with more powerful, modern ones.  These new locomotives would be able to haul more cars per train.  With fewer trains on the track traffic management problems that had plagued the smaller more numerous trains would be alleviated.

Just after WWII the colonists decided that the eight little locomotives which had carried so many park visitors were no longer up to the task.  They were old fashioned, under powered and showing wear.  It was decided to replace these engines with more powerful, modern ones.  These new locomotives would be able to haul more cars per train.  With fewer trains on the track traffic management problems that had plagued the smaller more numerous trains would be alleviated.

Tom Roberts, the engineer and draftsman who built the three new locomotives, was assisted by one of the best metal works of that time, Joe Nelson.  Roberts and Nelson worked in perfect harmony to construct these trains.

Tom Roberts, the engineer and draftsman who built the three new locomotives, was assisted by one of the best metal works of that time, Joe Nelson.  Roberts and Nelson worked in perfect harmony to construct these trains.

Tom Roberts, with the help of Joseph Nelson, made all the parts and did all the welding.  Beginning of the construction of a train ...

Tom Roberts, with the help of Joseph Nelson, made all the parts and did all the welding.  Beginning of the construction of a train ...

The two men beside their work.  Roberts is standing and Nelson is kneeling in the foreground.

The two men beside their work.  Roberts is standing and Nelson is kneeling in the foreground.

The new engine, completed in 1948, is to the left and to the right is the old Kagne engine which Estele Hornbeck has so graciously recorded in her memoirs "Concerning the Ingathering of Israel", 1958. The new steam engine was made entirely by the House of David.

The new engine, completed in 1948, is to the left and to the right is the old Kagne engine which Estele Hornbeck has so graciously recorded in her memoirs ''Concerning the Ingathering of Israel'', 1958. The new steam engine was made entirely by the House of David.

Engineer Coy Tyndall and Conductor George Phillips are ready to make a run with passengers.

Engineer Coy Tyndall and Conductor George Phillips are ready to make a run with passengers.

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