Vol. 24, No. 2 April / June 2008  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: A J at 111
Cover Subtitle: A more Powerful Steam Locomotive / N&W Position Light Signals
On the Cover: Class J 4-8-4 #608 whisks train 26, the Powhatan Arrow, eastbound along Tug Fork near Naugatuck, WV on 4/24/1957. The Js were well-suited to passenger service on the N&W, and in testing on the Pennsylvania Railroad in December 1944 and January 1945 proved they could perform well above what their duties on the N&W required.
Articles In This Issue
A More Powerful Steam Locomotive - David R. Stephenson
  Photo Class Y6 2-8-8-2 #2130 pours it on at Vivian, WV in September 1957. (Bill McClure collection)
A J at 111 / Pennsy Test N&W's 610 - David R. Stephenson
  Photo N&W Class J #611 rips across Missouri on 6/23/1985, captured in this broadside photograph west of C.A. Junction (Kevin EuDaly photo)
  Photo The 610 is posed at Williamson on a rain-soaked 4/15/1958. By this date the end of steam even on the N&W is in sight, 13 years after the Pennsy tested this same locomotive while developing their T1 4-4-4-4 locomotive. (N&WHS Archives)
  Drawing The N&W J's clearance at a standard Pennsy mail crane. This figure came from the N&W's Engineering Department in Roanoke on 11/29/1944, shortly before testing began. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo This photograph of the first T1, #6110, was taken at Baldwin's shops just before delivery to the Pennsy. This and #6111 were built in 1942 and streamlined using a design by Raymond Loewy. They were Pennsy's bid to duplicate the GG1 electric in a steam locomotive.Unfortunately, the two prototypes were hard to handle, complicated to maintain, and expensive to operate. They required many modifications before going into production. (PRRH&TS Archives)
  Drawing A diagram showing the clearances that were to be maintained in yards and on main running tracks. (PRR Technical and Historical Society Archives)
  Photo This builder's photo shows one of the production Pennsy T1s, #5533, part of a group of 50 built in 1945 and 1946 numbered 5500-5549. The original two that the N&W J squared off against were built in 1942 and numbered #6110 and #6111. The T1s were the last steam locomotives built for the Pennsy and the most controversial. (Jim Neubauer Collection)
  Photo Class J #610 appears broadside in a classic rods-down post at Roanoke on 2/8/1945, just a month after the PRR tests. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Class J #610 is out of the shops in mid-November 1944 after being modified from a J1 with streamlining and roller bearing rods. This photo was taken just west of Shaffers Crossing about two weeks before it was sent to PRR for a month of tests. (Timken photo, K. L. Miller collection)
  Photo This is one of two known photographs of N&W Class J #610 taken during the PRR tests. It shows #610 at Chicago Union Station in December 1944, with one of the two prototype T1s (#6110 or #6111) in the background. The exact circumstances of the photo are unknown, but it appears to be a display shot judging by all the "hats" around the #610 and the nattily dressed engineer in the T1's cab. (Kaufman & Fabry photo, Frank A. Wrabel collection)
  Table Train Performance on Ft. Wayne Division with N&W 4-8-4 Class "J" Locomotive Number 610
  Photo In a fascinating scene at Bluefield in 1958, Class J #610 sits at the ready while crew members converse on the platform. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo The damaged value gear parts on #610 are shown in this photo using Class J #611 at the Roanoke Museum of Transportation as a stand-in. Its shows the eccentric crank, which was loosened on the crankpin and the eccentric rod and gear connecting rod which were bent when the left side valve on $610 froze due to lubrication problems. (Dave Stephenson photo)
  Photo Class J #603 races past the Boaz pusher siding just east of Vinton, VA. In another four miles she will be working up Blue Ridge grade. The date of this photograph is unknown. The J Class could manage impressive speeds for a locomotive with 70-inch drivers. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Class J #610 leans into a curve at speed near Williamson, WV, in April 1957. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo An 8/31/1957, Class J #605 departs the station at Roanoke, VA. The Js were well-suited to N&W's passenger trains of the era. (John Dziobko photo)
  Photo On 12/27/1958, #610 works a short local freight through Wakefield, VA. It's a far cry from the glory days of the PRR tests and service on N&W's passenger trains. Locomotive #610 was lucky; it was one of the last Js to be retired in August 1959. (N&WHS Archives)
The N&W/Virginian Modeler / N&W Position Light Signals in HO Scale - Robert L. Hundman; Tim Anderson
  Drawing Various drawing showing HO scale dimensions of brass components for a Position Light signal
  Photo Various photos of a HO scale Position Light signal using LEDs.
Image Size in the Digital Age - Kevin EuDaly
Nuggets From the Archives / N&W Division of Divisions, a Guide to Proliferation of Division Names - Gordon Hamilton
  Chart Variety of timeline charts showing the changes in divisions names AM&O RR to the mergers forming Norfolk Southern.
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