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Israelite House of David - First 4-4-0 Miniature Locomotives

         

The first four 4-4-0 miniature locomotives built at the park are shown here disassembled in a colony machine shop.  This photograph does not represent the original construction according to Earl Boyersmith (second from the right in the picture), who lived close by the Colony (passed away July 25, 2006).  Every winter the locomotives and cars had to be overhauled because of the heavy use they received during the tourist season.  Each drive and guide wheel on the locomotives as well as the wheels on the passenger cars had to be machined on lathes to remove flat spots worn during the summer rail service.

The first four 4-4-0 miniature locomotives built at the park are shown here disassembled in a colony machine shop.  This photograph does not represent the original construction according to Earl Boyersmith (second from the right in the picture), who lived close by the Colony (passed away July 25, 2006).  Every winter the locomotives and cars had to be overhauled because of the heavy use they received during the tourist season.  Each drive and guide wheel on the locomotives as well as the wheels on the passenger cars had to be machined on lathes to remove flat spots worn during the summer rail service.

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