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Cover Title: N&W in the MIlitary Railway Service
Cover Subtitle: "Keeping 'em Rolling" in World War II
On the Cover: On April 9, 1945, a Military Railway Service train crosses the first rail bridge erected by the U.S. Army over the Rhine River, opened the day before at Wesel, Germany. It was located close to N&W's 755th Railway Shop Battalion's forward operations exchange near Liege, Belgium. Our story on N&W's participation in the Military Railway Service begins on page 4
Articles In This Issue
Mailbag - Staff Arrow
Classic Ad: 1947 - Staff Arrow
N&W in the Military Railway Service, First of Two Parts - Frank Gibson
  Photo N&W's 755th RSB at work on USATC 2-8-0 (left) and European (right) locomotives. (Unit File, undated, likely Blelgium, 1945)
  Drawing Largest (2000) of the MRS classes, the USATC S-160 locomotive was deployed in the main to the European Theater
  Photo USATC gondola, fresh from 755th RSB car erecting year, on the way to UK depot ready line, 1944 (Unit file)
  Photo 755th RSB car assembly line, UK, 1944 (Unit File)
  Photo April 1944, Newport, Wales: readied by the shop battalion at nearby Caerphilly, YSATC 2-8-0s on depot tracks await Channel crossing to the European Theater (Photo courtesy Bob Hall, Railway Negative Exchange)
  Map Location of the 755th RSB in Belgium and Germany
  Photo December 1944, Belgium: 755th RSB crafts master plates for snowplows to be mounted on track-clearance locomotives. (Unit File)
  Photo 8 May 1945: V-E Day parade, with local railway workers and 755th RSB in formation before the central railroad station in Namur, Belgium. Also on hand, not pictured: a massive turnout of joyous, cheering citizens set at liberty from the iron fist of domination. (Unit File)
  Data Sheet Operational Report, May 1945, 755th Railway Shop Battalion
  Sidebar Meritorious Service Unit Plaque
  Sidebar N&W Shop Battalion is First in France (N&W Magazine, 1944, p.282)
  Sidebar N&W Battalion Keeps Wheels Rolling (N&W Magazine, 1945, p.61)
Modeling an Accurate N&W Coal Train, Part 2 / H5, H7, H8, H1 - Bob Chapman
  Photo No caption, Y6 2141 eastbound with coal train, probably along New River (N&WHS Archives Collection)
  Table Class HA, HB, HBa and HK data
  Photo H5 #84355 has apparently just emerged from its 1944 rebuilding, evidenced by missing stencils of "New" and "Built" dates. Visible are the tapered-bottom side stakes and Bettendorf-style trucks inherited from its parent HA class. Interestingly, #84355 lacks the notched heap shields visible in photos of other H5's; pragamatism ruled the car shop. (N&W Photo, N&WHS Archives photo)
  Photo Visible in this photo of H7 #86000 are the tapered-bottom side stakes characteristic of the H5 and H7 class. Note that this H7 sports standard-length lower runs on its end ladder rather than the long rungs found many of the high-siders. (N&W PHoto, N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo A longitudinally-mounted brake reservoir was a signature feature of the H7's and H7a's, and is clearly visible here. Rebuilt from an HB in 1947, #86449 wears the post-1951 "large N&W" in this 1952 photo. (N&W photo, N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo This birthday photo of H8 "class car" #87000 shows the B-end long-rung ladder variation found on many of the high-siders. Also visible are the straight-bottom side stakes characteristic of the H8's. (N&W Photo, N&WHS Archives Collection)
  Photo H8 #87000 was rebuilt from a 1936-vintage HK in 1947; many of the H8's ran on Andrews-style trucks (N&W Photo, N&WHS Archives Collection)
  Photo By 1950, the H1's were old-timers, with some celebrating their 40th birthday riding N&W's rails. Their flat, drop-bottom hopper design was already an anachronism in this 1939 "rebuilder's photo," and by the early 1950s they were rapidly being phased out of revenue service. (N&W Photo, N&WHS Archives Collection)
  Photo To create the high-sider look of the H5/H7/H7a/H8 carbodies, we have removed the side sill between the second side stake and end post at each end. We have also plugged the ladder mounting holes with styrene rod (Bob Chapman photo)
  Photo A strip of .040" x .100" styrene has been blended into the side sill and the first side stake at each end has been extended downward to the bottom of the carbody. We have also added a styrene brake post on the end to accommodate the long end-ladder rungs found on some of the high-siders (Bob Chapman photo)
  Photo Completed brakewheel end of a class H7 carbody. Note the tapered-bottom side stakes characteristic of the H5/H7/H7a classes, the long B-end ladder rungs, and the longitudinal brake reservoir unique to the H7/H7a. (Bob Chapman photo)
  Photo Group photo of H5, H7, and H8. the H5 and H7 were modeled with long B-end ladder rungs, and the H7 with a longitudinal brake reservoir. (Bob Chapman photo)
  Photo Completed H5; the class occupied the 84000-85981 number series. (Bob Chapman photo)
  Photo Completed H7; numbered in the 86000-867718 series. (Bob Chapman photo)
  Photo Completed H8; one of 471 cars in the 87000-87470 series. (Bob Chapman photo)
  Photo An H7 and H8, showing contrasting treatment of end ladder width, brake reservoir orientation, and side stake taper. (Bob Chapman Photo)
  Photo Completed Westerfield H1 cast-resin kit. The kit is not shake-the-box, but can be successfully built by most modelers by following Westerfield's step-by-step instructions. (Bob Chapman photo)
PRR 70-ton Hoppers Leased to the N&W - John Teichmoeller
  Photo PRR H21a No. 901815 leased to N&W, Greensboro, NC, 2/2/1952. (Photo courtesy of Bob's Photos, Ansonia, CT 06401)
The Tennessean / Darkroom Trickery - James Nichols
  Photo The head end heavyweight cars in this, one of the most famous publicity photos of the N&W, received streamlined roofs and, in the case of the combine, skirts; not in the Roanoke Shops, but in the photo department. (N&W photo)
  Photo This "late HL" was really an H9, converted by the N&W photo department. (N&W photo)
Nuggets from the Archives / About Mr. Walschaerts and Mr. Baker...Part 2 - Gordon Hamilton
  Drawing Indicator diagram (Gordon Hamilton)
  Chart Description of points and lines on the indicator diagram. (Gordon Hamilton)
Nuggets from the Archives / Monkey Motion for the Monkey Motion - Gordon Hamilton
  Drawing Valve Arrangement, Loco Class W, with Allfree Hubbell valve (N&WHS Archives collection)
The Virginian Local / Raising the Roof - Tom Salmon
  Photo These two postcards show the Victoria depot in both its one-story and two-story incarnations. (Postcards)
Triskaidekahobia, Anyone - Ed King
In Scale / New Products - George Hughes
  Photo Bachmann Spectrum Virginian EL-C (George Hughes photo)
  Photo 1776 Caboose (George Hughes photo)
  Photo Atlas O scale GP35 (George Hughes photo)
Classic Ad: 1947 / Shoeing the Iron Horse - Staff Arrow
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