The cab housed the controls and protected the crew from the weather. On the first engines there was no cab, the crew simply stood on the deck in the open. Rail roads thought if the crew was enclosed they would not be as alert, crews disagreed. Even with the cab there was no A/C in summer, also the rear was open with maybe a canvas cloth for winter. Most cabs were in the rear however some engines known as camels had the cab on top of the boiler and with the advent of oil burning locomotives some engines were run backwards with the cab in front.

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