Railroad Engineers Smoke Hood

A Steam Engines smoke stack was made tall enough that the smoke would usually be carried up high above the cab so the crew could work in fresh air. All bets were off, however, when the locomotive ran through a tunnel or snow shed, where the smoke and steam could get so thick it nearly suffocated the crew.

This Early Smoke hood used by the crew while traversing a tunnel. The host connected to the compressor, which delivered clean air into the hood. In order not to impede his movements, the Fireman’s hood is equipped with a longer air hose connected at the rear.