RailPictures.Net Photo: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Mechanical Refer at Portage, Wisconsin by Tom Farence
 
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Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (more..)
Mechanical Refer (more..)
Milwaukee Road LaCrosse Division Portage Yard (more..)
Portage, Wisconsin, USA (more..)
1978
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Tom Farence (more..)
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The number has been scratched but it wasn't long before this photo was shot that this Milwaukee Mechanical Refer had caught fire on the Thunderhawk coming from the west coast with a load of potatoes from Idaho. Every once in awhile these mechanicals would ignite with a load of fuel under their bellies while trains were in motion. Needless to say without the help of on line fire departments in local municipalities these incidents could have become catastrophic.
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