The Norfolk & Western is Traditional Trains’ fallen flag railroad of the month for January 2022
The Magnificent Three: J Class 4-8-4 No. 604, Y-6 Class 2-8-8-2 No. 2147, and A Class 2-6-6-4 No. 1212 in repose at Roanoke in April 1943. Norfolk & Western picture
A Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 returns to the principle line at Christiansburg, Va., with practice 112, the daily-except-Sunday blended, on the 9-mile Blacksburg department. The railroad had 286 such locomotives. No. 475, a 1906 Baldwin product, survives at this time on the Strasburg Railroad in southeastern Pennsylvania. Traditional Trains assortment
An A Class 2-6-6-4, No. 1238, poses for its official portrait at Roanoke. It was certainly one of solely 5 articulated steam locomotives constructed within the U.S. with curler bearing rods. Norfolk & Western picture
It’s Could 29, 1950, and at least six employees are placing the ending touches on the brand-new J Class 4-8-4 No. 611 at Roanoke, Va. The railroad constructed 14 of those between 1941 and 1950. Norfolk & Western picture
In Could 1954, N&W took supply of a steam-turbine electrical locomotive from Baldwin-Westinghouse. Numbered 2300, classed TE-1, and named Jawn Henry, it had a Babcock & Wilcox water-tube boiler working at 600 psi, weighed 818,000 kilos, and was rated at 4,500 hp. The stoker and injector have been managed robotically. LeRoy A. Scott picture
Fairbanks-Morse H24-66 No. 172 works the yard at Elmore, W.Va., within the early Seventies. Each the Norfolk & Western and the Virginian (which N&W acquired in 1959) bought the mannequin new. P. Rickershauser picture
EMD F7s inherited from the Wabash pose at Windsor, Ont., in April 1973. Among the Wabash F models have been constructed by EMD’s Canadian subsidiary at London, Ont., and have been restricted to service within the nation. J. David Ingles picture
N&W’s GP40s have been constructed with excessive quick hoods according to the corporate’s motive energy coverage on the time. These stood out in contrast with their contemporaries on different railroads. Louis A. Marre picture
A plethora of energy traces up, prepared for trains at Crewe, Va., in January 1981. Seen are 4 GP9s, three GP30s, and one every SD40, SD40-2, GP38-2, and C30-7. Curt Tillotson Jr. picture
At Frankfort, Ind., in 1969 we discover an ex-Wabash C424 constructed for Mexico, two GP40s, and an ex-NKP RS11, amongst different models. The coal tower, and among the roundhouse to the east, nonetheless stand at this time. J. David Ingles picture
Traditional Trains editors are celebrating the historical past, heritage, and elegance of the Norfolk & Western Railway all by means of January 2022. So, please get pleasure from this picture gallery of Norfolk & Western locomotives chosen from the archives of Kalmbach Media’s David P. Morgan Library.
Norfolk & Western locomotives served within the coal fields and afterward high-speed freight within the Midwest. Due to this, the railroad had some notable steam locomotive wheel preparations, such because the 4-8-0 and 2-6-6-4, and a few legendary energy such because the streamlined J Class 4-8-4.
The railroad famously didn’t buy any new cab models however inherited each F7s and E8s from Wabash and Alco PAs from the Nickel Plate. In later years, Norfolk & Western locomotives retained the excessive quick hoods that have been distinguished within the early years of dieselization however fell out of favor on different railroads.
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