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Tender Frame Shop & Master Mechanic's Office

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
1. Tender Frame Shop & Master Mechanic's Office Marker
Inscription. This 1855 structure served various purposes. Originally, workers built frames for steam engine tenders, and the Master Mechanic had his office in this building.

The tenders built here were wooden horizontal undercarriages that supported locomotive water tanks and fuel. An archway connected the Tender Frame Shop to the Machine Shop. This allowed workers to move the constructed frames for machine work.

Increasing locomotive size and technological improvements, such as replacing wooden lender frames with iron to reduce fire hazards, made the Tender Frame Shop obsolete.

In 1899, the Central added a second story. Later, the building housed scientific testing and air brake testing laboratories. The Master Mechanicís Office occupied the first floor, as did an apprentice school.

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(upper right) Posing at the front door

(middle right)Tender Frame Shop and Master Mechanicís Office in red in lower right corner on 1895 map. Image courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society

(lower right) This well-worn photograph reveals the inside of the Master Mechanicís Office.
 
Location. 32° 4.483′ N, 81° 6.083′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Louisville
Tender Frame Shop & Master Mechanic's Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
2. Tender Frame Shop & Master Mechanic's Office Marker
Road. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Workers' Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokestack (within shouting distance of this marker); Drop Table (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boiler Room (about 300 feet away); Planing Shed & Lumber Shed (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Georgia State Railroad Museum. Coastal Heritage Society. (Submitted on November 18, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Tender Frame Shop & Master Mechanic's Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
3. Tender Frame Shop & Master Mechanic's Office Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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