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Photo of the Month - December 2006
There was a time when the railroads took great pride in their facilities and train equipment. K4 #5493 is an example of that pride with its clean and shiny train. It is a little difficult to place the exact date for this photo. K4's were the PRR's top passenger steam locomotives through the 1940's. They were built between 1914-1928. This particular locomotive was probably built toward the mid 1920's. In 1930 Columbus Union Station's original 1893 train shed was replaced with a new concourse and the umbrella-type platform roofs seen in the photo. It is likely this photo was taken sometime in the 1930's.
Behind the locomotive is the station concourse leading from the tracks to the main part of the station visible to the right, just over the train sitting on Track 6. The bridge in the background is for Fourth Street just east of the station. PRR westbound trains could be coming from either Cleveland-Akron or most likely Pittsburgh. They would be heading toward Chicago, Cincinnati or St. Louis. Judging from the whiff of steam she is ready to go.
Addendum #1 - Dave Bunge of Woodbury, TN, pointed out
Addendum #2 - Richard Jacobs an expert on the PRR in Columbus, Ohio had this information about the picture of #5493.