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Railroad Coal Stove


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Old 04-04-2007, 08:53:46 AM
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Default Railroad Coal Stove

I would like to tap the collective wisdom of this forum for advise on this stove. if its too far off topic, I fully understand, moderator can move or delete as appropriate.

The stove was purchased this weekend from a local dealer/collector who speciality is the rail road. He thought this stove was used somehow by the rail road. This is very small and light. I can carry around easily, it is very thin, delicate casting. It needs a little door and damper. No luck with google. I'd like to confirm the railroad connection and see how the missing parts looked. its a very cute little octagonal shape. Price was 40 bucks --so I am not going to feel bad if its not rail road. It looks old and it must be quite a challenge to cast iron that thin. I guess if it was used on a railroad, they just put a scoop of hot coal and used it like a space heater.

Edit: for scale, the tiles on the floor are 12" square. it looks like it was bolted down to the floor or a table top? And I asume that was a damper on the bottom which was cemented over. I roughed out a door from 1/4 plate and set it in place for the photo.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:33:42 AM
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Peter

Is that a tag on the lower right ????

If so, what does it say ??

I have seen a stove like this in the past. Not sure if it is RR or not.

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Old 04-04-2007, 09:42:17 AM
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Down the very bottom is stove cement or unmentionable fibre insulation. I dont see any markings. I am betting it had a damper at one time? Easy fabrication if I had some pics to follow.
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Default Re: OT, Railroad Coal Stove

Might have been used in a railroad caboose. I have seen similar stoves in cabooses a long time ago. I sure do miss those old cabooses at the end of every train.
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Default Re: OT, Railroad Coal Stove

I think the photo is misleading a bit. This is only about 1/2 the size of a caboose stove. I have one of those and it takes two guys to pick that up. This one I can almost carry under my arm. It is almost stupidly light in construction. it is all cast iron though. they must have had some old tenique to cast this thin. Not to say it could not be a caboose stove, but if it is small. The door opens about 4 inch wide at the base and tapers to 2 inch. what a tiny scoop you would need to add hot coal? Unless you droped fuel down the top.


Frank , you worked for the rail road. Most us, grim and bear our work today. I never heard anything but fond memories from retired rail road guys.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:50:17 AM
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Peter, try Bryant Stove works, in Thorndike, Maine, they restore and rebuild cast iron stoves, and do new castings of old stove parts,AND have a collection of rare old cast iron stoves. Phone# 207-568-3665
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:20:50 AM
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Go to their web site. You can email them.

http://bryantstove.com/

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Old 04-04-2007, 11:24:15 AM
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Default Re: OT, Railroad Coal Stove

I dont think it is a railroad stove, most caboose stoves are larger and are in sections that are then bolted together and have a base with feet. Depot stoves were even larger and more ornate. I have seen cast that is thin but not used in a stove. I agree with W. B. Lewis check Bryant out as I have delt with them on restoration projects for our local museum.

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Default Re: OT, Railroad Coal Stove

I think that might be a coal-fired brooder stove.
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:07:26 PM
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Default Re: OT, Railroad Coal Stove

I sent the pic and email to bryant. Thanks for the suggestion.

A brooder stove would be somehting from a chicken farm? Could be I suppose. But why would that have been bolted down? Safety? there is still one rusty twisted nut&bolt hangin on the bottom of the base?

I also agree it is smaller than a caboose stove, might they have used such a small small stove in the passenger cars in winter?
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