Steam Tug Transfer No.15

May 26th, 2014 | No Comments

An unusual railroad tug, the Transfer No. 15, owned by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. She was built in 1900 at Bath, Maine, and differed from others of her type in that she carried accommodations for her 13-man crew. She also had a steam condenser,  which was a break from tradition. Condensers allow the recycling of steam, thus reducing a tug’s dependency on a freshwater supply. Most railroad harbor tugs did not use them, relying instead on atmospheric condensation, since their trips were short and they could replenish their water tanks any time they wished from the railroad’s ample supply. More…

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