In the course of running this website, I’ve encountered steam locomotives that have come to odd places at the end of their lives. In South American there’s a locomotive that has been converted into a very large pizza oven. And in Russia there are a couple of 2-10-0s that have been shortened to their smokeboxes, and pilot truck and displayed in parks emerging from pseudo-tunnels or in one case a simple brick wall.
So it was, long before I’d seen a photo of this locomotive, I received the following description of it:
Er762-27 the middle part of the boiler was disposed of, the firebox was attached to the smokebox and used as a incinerator unit on 4 wheels from the 0-10-0 cut down frames.
I shrugged my shoulders, and said to myself, “Well that’s odd.” And thought little of it, until I encountered this image from Dmitri Zinoviev’s wonderful website, http://www.parovoz.com.
Copyright © Dimitri Zakutnyaya
It is precisely what it looks like: a mobile incinerator on four wheels. The smoke box has been grafted directly to the firebox, and comments on parovoz.com indicate that this is precisely what this contraption was used for.
This is SZD 0-10-0 No. Er762-27 last noted in 2007 in Isakogorka, Archangelsk Region, Russia. Our page for this locomotive is Er762-27