You can bet the crew looked out and Love Union Pacific shirt. Most firemen prided themselves on their ability for near smokeless combustion. The careful firing was also encouraged by the company as black smoke unburned wasted fuel. However, when someone is taking your picture you put on a good show! So crank the stoker up and let the smoke roll! I would venture to suggest there may be a problem with the coal stoker….if the fire is properly maintained and burning properly, there should be a lighter colored smoke as well as far less than shown in this video. I wouldn’t want to be the fireman on this beauty.
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Love Union Pacific shirt. If an engineer on a regular run let that smoke show then his fire is burning very inefficiently and he would he use more coal than necessary. If he was caught doing that he probably would have been given his walking papers. Proper fire would be steam only and minimal smoke. I wish they would run some these again. They are so majestic and they make you feel proud. Mighty steam engines. That sucker is huge! You would have to stand close to it to realize just how huge it is! Still can’t believe the fireman stoked the fire so as to smoke like that. What causes that amount of black smoke as opposed to some I see with white smoke?