While the St. Louis Robin soared 420 hours and the Bremen plowed a trans-Atlantic furrow in record time, a ponderous, unspectacular freight engine—No. 4113 of the St. Louis & San Francisco ("Frisco") R. R.—chuffed back and forth between Birmingham, Ala., and Kansas City, Mo., establishing a railroad record: for continuous non-refiring operation of a locomotive. On the afternoon of July 19, No. 4113 was fired, coupled to a 55-freight-car train, driven out of the Kansas City yards to break the record of 3,500 miles set by the Great Northern R. R....

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