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  • Baldwin puzzle

    I am posting this in the hopes that someone out there can help me solve this puzzle.
    The Baldwin Locomotive Works (Version 1), located in Philly, had an transverse erecting shop with
    nineteen tracks. They usually built four locomotives on each track. The BLW was able to have seventy-six
    locomotives being built at once. They had twenty track foremen, each with a specialty.

    In one of the pictures I have, a crew of men are working on a Mikado. Above them and to the left, you can see numbers on the wall. It seems that the numbers correspond to the tracks. But I am uncertain of the numbering sequence, due to the fact that what appears to be a number five, is followed by what appears to be a number eight.

    I am showing two other photos that locate the number five, on the seventh track from the far wall.
    The plan view shows the tracks in the erecting shop along with other shops and the office.

    If anyone has any thoughts, knowledge, or ideas, please share.

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  • #2
    8's where I'd expect it, 5 isn't. Some job originally begun on the regular #5 needed special equipment found at/near #7? Simpler to change track numbers than the paperwork?