Old 05-29-2008, 03:05 AM   #1
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I'm wandering if there is a specific seating arrangement for the conductor/engineer and fireman etc or whatever they are called for Steam Locomotives, specifically the Milwaukee 261. For example does the Fireman always sit on the left...or does it vary between locomotives.

Im just looking to label some photos inside the cab and need to know the proper way to label them. Thanks, Aaron.
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:11 AM   #2
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Fireman sits on the left and engineer on the right on all American locomotives. Unless you shoot some Chinese engines, the arrangement is backwards then. I believe 261 probably has extra seats behind the engineer and fireman also for riders.
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Thanks, Walter.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:22 AM   #4
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The Iowa Interstate and RJ Corman QJ's are Chinese, so as Walter mentioned, the engineer is on the left and the fireman is on the right. For US built engines operating in the US, it's engineer on the right, fireman on the left. In the UK it varies by the railroad, although engineer on the left seems to be more common. In Europe it's the same as in the US.

Many larger US engines had two seats on the left, one for the fireman and one behind him for the head end brakeman. On large vestibule cab engines, such as the Ohio Central 6325, there were drop down seats behind the cab doors so there were two seats on each side. This would be for one or two brakemen.

In steam days, the conductor was in the caboose or back in the passenger train. Today with two person crews on trains, the conductor rides in the engine and sits on the left in what used to be the fireman's seat, while the engineer sits on the right.

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