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A Seaboard Air Line Q-3 2-8-2 steam locomotive had two "flying" air pumps mounted on the smokebox front. A very distinctive framework of tubing ran across the boiler front above the pumps, extending beyond the pumps on both sides. Any ideas of what this was for?
-- Richard T. Lasater (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 02, 2002
AFAIK they were used for handholds
-- Joseph Oates (email@example.com), January 03, 2002.