Israelite House of David - New Prairie Engines
Three of the new Prairie style 2-6-2 engines were produced after WWII. Like their smaller fore bearers these engines were completely manufactured at the colony. These were engines #901, 902 and 903. The new engines could each haul eight of the little passenger cars previously used with the older engines. Since each car could accommodate eight people the newly configured trains could carry sixty-four passengers. These new Prairie engines could transport as many passengers on a busy day as all four 4-6-0 engines had done before. In addition the newer engines had more power and could run at a higher speed.
Left Engine: Jeff Boyersmith / Engineer, Robert Cleveland Estes / Conductor (he also worked in the Art Shop).
Center Engine: Coy Tyndall / Engineer (his grandmother was Effie Daniels, his mother Carrie & father Charlie
Ailes, lived in Bethlehem), John Herron / Conductor (he built the Little House in the zoo).
Right Engine: Ted Spradling / Engineer, George Philips / Conductor
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