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The museum also has the only surviving SP cab-ahead engine. These immense engines, with a view far superior to that offered by the conventional rear-cab locomotive, were created so that engineers and firemen would no longer be nearly asphyxiated in the many mountain tunnels. The cab-ahead engine would not have been possible with a conventional coal-fired boiler, but the SP converted to oil just after 1900. The rest of the fleet--more than a hundred of these engines were built--was scrapped in the 1950s.

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