Thought I would put these pictures out there for your viewing pleasure. Don't know anything about them other than the caption on the back. A short lived experiment in suppressing sparks? A temporary fix that lasted a couple of days, weeks, months…who knows! Either way, I think it's kind of goofy looking.
This picture was for sale on eBay a few years ago. I didn't win the auction, so all I have are the pics you see. Here's a fun thought….Maybe the same ugly stack got passed around? Actually, Derrell and I talked about this a while back and we both came to the conclusion that this was probably an experiment in dealing with sparks. Note the cone shaped spark arrestor on the loco behind 13.
Yeah, but the spark arrester on the loco behind number 13 isn't a full cone, likely the earliest version of the "Como" arrester. It's short, with a flat top. More like an upside down cupcake than an upside down ice cream cone.
(sorry, just finished dinner, thinking about dessert)