Using a locomotive as an oven!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by HoosierDaddy, May 19, 2008.

  1. HoosierDaddy

    HoosierDaddy Member

    I had a fun thing happen yesterday. I was with two of my boys killing time at the train depot in Lafayette, IN. There's a double track NS line and a single CSX line that runs by the passenger platform. When we got there, there was a northbound NS train that was just stoping with its tail end just north of the area. Shortly after, another northbound NS stops on the same track about 50 yards behind the other train, with an SD-70M in the lead, and a D9-40CW behind. One of the crew exited the lead engine and made his way to the tail end of the Dash 9 and opened a hatch on the right side (circled area in a general photo of a Dash 9) and pulled out two disposable plastic tupperware containers with food in them. He told us that that was his oven.:mrgreen:
    About 5 minutes later both northbound trains were rumbling along again, and a southbound train on the other NS track came through. As we sat there, a southbound CSX also came through on the nearest track. My 3 year old was THRILLED that the CSX engineer waved and sounded the horns and bell for him. Man I wish I had a camara with me.

  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Ha! It happens. Remember laying a foil dinner on the intake manifold of your car as you drove? I think they used to sell and aftermarket rack that mounted above your exhaust manifold to warm food over. My brother says he had a special place on the locomotive firebox to lay his lunch for warming.

  3. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    My mom used to run the bottles up to the steam engine during stops so that she could warm the milk in them for my sisters.
  4. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    When I was in the Army, we used to stick our MRE(Meal, Ready To Eat)packets into the exhaust manifolds between the ports of the trucks.
    They'd be nice an' hot by the time we had rest stop.
    I was in during the last days of the "C" rations also....little bit harder to warm them on engines.....unless it was just idleing.
  5. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I used to do the same when I pulled a coal bucket. My wife didn't believe untill I reheated some KFC on a trip one time.
  6. Uintah Dave

    Uintah Dave Member

    I worked with a guy one time that cooked steaks wrapped in foil on the manifold of his haul truck. The whole mine would smell like steak.
  7. puddlejumper

    puddlejumper Member

    The radiators on locomotives are a great place to heat up canned meals. Never tried tupperware, was afraid of melting the plastic.

  8. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    We used to heat foil-wrapped meals on the soaking pit covers at the steel mill where I worked - you had to pick a suitable place on the steelwork which supported the refractory brick, though, as the temperature inside the pit could reach 2350 deg. F. :eek:
    One guy cooked a large salmon (10 or 15 lbs I'd guess, as it fed the whole pit crew) by wrapping it in foil and burying it in the sand seal that the pit cover sat over.

  9. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Tried that with a can of beans one time. Problem was we forgot to punch a hole on the can first. hamr hamr

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