Old School Photo Hack

What and where?


Here are your clues:

  • It had a 40 year service span, which is an extraordinarily long life for a locomotive.
  • It had only one owner before being donated for display.

Like the Battleship Missouri gun quiz from a few weeks ago, this one should be über easy for you guys.  After all, I’m giving you the entire image (well… mostly) and all the clues, right?  Or am I?

40 thoughts on “What and where?

  1. Tillerman

    There is something weird about how you are asking the question but I can’t put my finger on it. Is there something just out of view that would be a huge clue? Is there something about the picture that is deceptive, like it is really a model or a picture of a a picture?

    From looking at other photos of this museum it seems like most of the exhibits are outside. Is it significant that this one is in a shed? There is a roundhouse there but this doesn’t look like a roundhouse.

    Sorry. I’m rambling, but there’s something a little “off” here and I can’t work out what it is.


    1. M_Zeissler Post author

      You got me. Yes, there is something weird about both the picture *and* the subject.

      If you look carefully at the photo, the image has been altered to hide some painted letters on both the front of the locomotive and the side, either of which would have been dead giveaways. But it isn’t a model, nor is it a picture of a picture — it’s the real deal.

      I don’t think it’s significant that it’s in the shed (which is actually the north section of the Baltimore & Ohio Passenger Car Works), though there were some rolling stock directly behind it that were very badly damaged when the roundhouse collapsed under snow load a little over a decade ago. I don’t know if they’ll ever be repaired or not. But I didn’t see any damage to the quiz locomotive, so I’m not sure why it’s there and not somewhere else.

      The locomotive is odd, which is why I selected it for this quiz. It is very rare and unique. I’ve never seen anything like it, nor has my Dad — and it wasn’t here when we last visited the museum in 2001.


    1. M_Zeissler Post author

      Nope. Further red herring on my part.

      It was built in 1938, kept by the same owner for 40 years hauling coal, then donated for initial display at that point, then donated to the B&O Railroad Museum after 2001.


    1. M_Zeissler Post author

      That’s correct. Basically it’s a giant thermos and it lasted for several hours before having to be recharged. The reason for the fireless was to keep sparks away from coal dust.


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