Vol. 23, No. 3 July / September 2007  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: Alcos of Lamberts Point
Cover Subtitle: Virginian USRA 2-8-8-2s / Coal Pier 6 at Lamberts Point
On the Cover: A trio of RSD-12s are hard at work at Norfolk, Virginia, on 8/13/1971. The RSD-12 was not a common locomotive - only 69 were sold in the US and 92 in Mexico. The nine RSD-12s on the N&W roster were former Nickel Plate units built in 1957, and all were assigned to Lambert's Point.
Articles In This Issue
N&W Locomotives in Service 4/1/2007 - Norfolk & Western Historical Society
  Photo GP38AC #4105 is one of 20 left on the NS roster, and was parked on a work train at Naugatuk, West Virginia, on June 17, 2007, near sunset just before 8:00PM. (Kevin EuDaly photo)
Book Review / Steam's Last Stand - Ed King
Product Review / Precision Craft Models HO N&W Y6b - August Thieme
2007 Model Contest - Norfolk & Western Historical Society
  Photo Caboose: Virginian C-1, John Munson (Bill McClure)
  Photo Norfolk Southern: ex-IT GP20, Steve Rineair (Bill McClure)
  Photo Structure: Richlands Depot, David Robinette (Bill McClure)
  Photo Virginian: MofW B-15 Crane and Boom Tender, Bill McClure (Bill McClure)
  Photo Diesel: N&W SD45 1775, Chris Dalton (Bill McClure)
  Photo What if?: N&W Pennsy T-1, Jim Nichols (Bill McClure)
  Photo Favorite Train: Virginia Work Train, Steve Rineair (Bill McClure)
  Photo Passenger Car: M-1 Class RPO, Steve Summers (Bill McClure)
  Photo Non-Revenue: N&W Auxiliary Tender, Steve Summers (Bill McClure)
  Photo Coal Car: VGN Battleship Gondola, Jim Nichols (Bill McClure)
The Alcos of Lamberts Point - Bill McClure
  Photo Alco power on two tracks bracket a pair of FM switchers at Norfolk on 8/13/1971. To the left is a trio of former Nickel Plate RSD-12s, #254,# 250, and #252, that are pulling hard on a long cut mixed freight cars. To the right another RSD-12, #255, is couple to Alco T-6 #38 on coal hoppers.  (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo RS-3 #2540 is coupled to RSD-12 #253, a typical pairing for the era in this photograph taken on 8/13/1971. The RS-3 was an incredibly popular roadswitcher for Alco, coming on the heels of the RS-1 model that introduced the true roadswitcher concept to railroading, and the later RS-2 models. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo The "other Alcos" of Lamberts Point were Fairbanks Morse switchers, which shared similar duties with the Alcos. here H-16-44 works with H-20-44 92 at Norfolk on 8/13/1971. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo A latecomer to Alco's fleet of switchers was the T-6 built in 1958 and with a production run that overlapped the Century Series locomotives of the 1960s. There were 55 built, 30 of which were for the N&W, in a production run that lasted from March 1958 to January 1969. The "T" stood for "Transfer", and that was common use for these locomotives. T-6 #23 was photographed at Norfolk in 9/1966. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo With eastbound coal tonnage working through Chesapeake, RS-11 #379 leads RSD-12 #252 on 8/2/1974. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo RS-11 #353 sits in Norfolk waiting its next call on 8/2/1974. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo When the N&W and the Nickel Plate were merged on 10/16/1964, the N&W became the owner of a sizable fleet of Alco locomotives, among which was RS-36 #869. The locomotive was already owned by the N&W when this photograph was taken at Chicago on 10/23/1966, and it was renumbered and repainted the following month. It was retired by the N&W on 11/9/1976, and it went to the Morristown & Erie, and later still to South America. (K.C. Henkels photo, Kevin EuDaly collection)
  Photo RS-3 #2557 and #2543 are switching in Norfolk on 8/2/1974. These were both former Nickel Plate locomotives, originally the #557 and #543, respectively. The #543 was renumber into the N&W series in 8/1966, and the #557 in 11/1966. Both were built in 3/1954. The #2543 was retired on 1/2/1975, and went to scrap at Naparano Iron & Metal. The #2557 was retired on 5/1/1979, and suffered the same fate. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo The only group of first generation Alcos at Lamberts Point that had low short hoods were the ex-Nickel Plate RS-36s. In this view, RS-36 #2870 leads RS-11 #2863 at Norfolk on 8/27/1977. The #2870 is wearing the later white lettering on black scheme with the block NW lettering. Only 40 RS-36s were built (along with 35 essentially indistinguishable RS-32s), though they went to a number of different roads. Ex-Nickel Plate RS-36s #2874 and #2875 had high short hoods because they were built with steam generators. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo A back-to-back matches pair of RS-11s, #2862 and #2861 drift light around a curve at Norfolk on 8/23/1977. These are both ex-Nickel Plate locomotives, originally numbered #862 and #861. There were not long-hood-forward locomotives -- note the tiny "F" on the front of this unit. The Nickel Plate typically set their locomotives up as short-hood-forward units, while the N&W's original RS-11s were, as one would expect, set up to operate long hood forward. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo RSD-12 #255 and T-6 #38 are working loads in the yard at Lamberts Point on 8/13/1971. Both wear the same blue paint scheme with yellow lettering. Note the brakeman standing on the lead hopper car -- a practice long outlawed in more safety-conscience modern times. Early Alcos were first known by their specification numbers, which began with "DL". The specification number for the RSD-12 was DL-702, and for the T-6 was DL-440. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Table Roster of N&W's ex-Nickel Plate Alco Roadswitchers (Nickle Plate Road Historical & Technical Society)
  Table First Generation Alco Roadswitchers of the Post-1964 N&W
  Photo The peeling paint leaves little question about the scheme this RS-3 wore before coming to the N&W, as Nickel Plate striping is obvious. The #2557 was sitting in Norfolk in 11/1977, looking rather bedraggled. Even new paint couldn't withstand the rigors of the railroad environment mixed with the salt in the air from the nearby bay. (Kevin EuDaly collection)
  Photo In direct contrast to the locomotive above, RSD-12 #258 has just received a fresh coat of N&W black paint and glistens in Norfolk on 8/29/1982. It was in the final group of Lamberts Point Alcos to be retired -- and that occurred on 4/9/1984, and included four RSD-12s: #250, #251, #252, and #258. (David Johnston photo, Kevin EuDaly collection)
  Photo In these two views RS-11 #2863 and RS-36 #2870 are shoving hard on a long cut of hoppers on a sharp curve at Lamberts Point. The view at bottom was taken first, follwed by the view at top. Lamberts Point is the major N&W yard on the northwest side of Norfolk near where the James River empties into the Chesapeake Bay. To the north lies the Norfolk Naval Base, and to the west the N&W yard faces the Elizabeth River just south of where it empties into the James River. (Bill McClure, two photos)
  Photo Essentially any combination of the Alcos could be found working the yards at Lamberts Point. Here, RS-3 #2555 and RSD-12 #254 are working in concert moving light to the next assignment on 8/10/1973 (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo Pairs of RSD-12s were one of the more common lashups that worked the yards, and this photograph shows the #258 and #251 drifting through the yard on 8/10/1973. The Nickel Plate heritage of the #258 is showing through. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo Here RSD-12s #251 and #257 have tide coal well in hand on 8/13/1971. For several years all eight of the N&W's ex-Nickel Plate RSD-12s could be found working in and around Norfolk. (Bill McClure Photo)
  Photo This view of RSD-12 #253 on 10/15/1977, is typical of the general condition of the Alcos at Lamberts Point in the late 1970s. Note the uneven axle spacing on Alco's trimount three-motor road truck -- it was used on all Alco C-C designs beginning in 1951 and lasting until the "Hi-Ad" truck introduced in 1967. (John Sullivan photo, Kevin EuDaly collection)
  Photo This view in Norfolk shows the engineer's side of RS-36 #2868 in 9/1977. Note the blanked-out oval on the short hood where a headlight had been housed -- a number of the RS-36s had the lower headlights removed. (Kevin EuDaly collection)
  Photo All pride is gone as ex-N&W RS-36 #2869 sits on the Morristown & Erie in Elmira, NY, in 10/1977. (Kevin EuDaly collection)
Virginian Railway USRA 2-8-8-2 Steam Locomotives - Harold Davenport
  Photo Steam was still king on the Virginian when this photograph was taken on 8/23/1953, at Page, WV, of USB-class Mallet #722. The delivery of the first of the Fairbanks-Morse Trainmasters (H-24-66s #50-57) was seven months away. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo This builders photo of the USA-class #719 shows its as-delivered arrangement from the fireman's side. The builder's photo below shows the engineer's side view of that class as delivered. (Hundman Publications)
  Drawing Figure 1, drawing 658-D, "Cab Arrangement" "This drawing to be used only when it is necessary to renew cab roof; for repairs to orginial cabs use dwgs. 172-D and 436-C".
  Drawing Figure 2, VGN drawing 1000-B-USc, "GENERAL DIAGRAM AND DATA"
  Photo This view shows the engineer's side of USC #733 at Roanoke, and clearly shows the Lewis drifting valve connection from the steam dome and the expanded tender coalbunker. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo The fireman's side of USC #726 was captured at Roanoke and shows the feed water heater, the triangular number board on the new bracket at the top of the smokebox front, the expanded coalbunker on the tender, the raised water funnel, and new placement of the backup light on a raised bracket behind the funnel at the rear of the tender. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo This portrait shows USB-class #728 as it appeared in about 1934. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo USA class #720 sits at Page, West Virginia, in about 1940. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo Class USC #728 was photographed in Roanoke and shows a number of changes from it original configuration. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Drawing Figure 3, VGN #215-5, "Tender Tank Arrangement", 30 tons, 8760 gallons
  Photo USD class 2-8-8-2 #701 was photographed at Elmore, WV, in 1953 (M. D. McCarter photo, Bill McClure collection)
  Photo This nice down-on view of USC class #733 shows some of the roofline details that are hard to see when looking up at a locomotive. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Drawing Figure 4, VGN #1000-B-USD, "GENERAL DIAGRAM AND DATA"
  Photo Several tenders are visible at the enginehouse in Page, WV, in this view from 8/5/1953, in various configurations. (Wally Johnson photo, Bill McClure collection)
  Photo USB #722 is under steam at Page WV, on 11/6/1951. (J. R. Quinn photo, Harold Davenport collection)
  Drawing Figure 6, VGN drawing 1000-B-US-E, "GENERAL DIAGRAM AND DATA"
  Photo Former Sante Fe Mallet #740 sits at Princeton, WV, on 9/5/1953. Note the Buckeye tender trucks. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo Mallet #737 is ready for service at Princeton, WV, after shopping in 1948. (Virginian Photo)
  Photo On 6/23/1950, former Sante Fe Mallet #740 sits at Princeton, WV, showing the results of a side-swipe accident. (Bob's Photo collection)
  Photo USE-class 2-8-8-2 Mallet #737 works a trainload of coal at Itman, WV, on 8/18/1952. (Bob's Photo collection)
  Photo The last US class locomotive to receive major repairs was the #724, and it sits at Princeton right after it was shopped in 9/1953.  (J. R. Quinn photo, Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo 2-8-8-2 USE class #737 sits at Princeton after its third shopping in 5/1953. (Harold Davenport collection)
  Photo Engines #707 and #733 sit retired at Princeton in 1953. (Harold Davenport collection)
Coal Pier 6 Begins Operation / article from Norfolk and Western Magazine January, 1953 - reprint Norfolk & Western Magazine
  Photo Norfolk & Western's Pier 2 was still in use when this photograph was taken in 1917. Pier 2 was put in service in 1892. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Norfolk & Western's massive Pier 6 appears in this overhead view looking east in 1964. To the right is Pier 5, which is still in service. The other piers, all to the right out of view, have all been decommissioned, the last of which, Pier 4, was retired on 12/31/1963, at the same time Pier 6 went into service. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo A larger ship of the era sits at Pier 3 in 1917. The pier was completed in 1901. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Pier 4 was completed in 1914, and was photographed in 1917. It was retired after it loaded its last vessel on 12/31/1962. More than 200 million tons of coal passed over the structure during its life-span. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Piers 2 (middle), 3 (right), and 4 (left) appear in this undated aerial photograph. This shows the positions of the piers -- but has been pieced together from a heavily damaged glass plate. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Piers 2 was photographed in action in 1923, with a car in the process of being rotary-dumped. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo This view is from Pier 4 in 1931, and looks toward the massive yard at Lamberts Point. The entire yard is stuffed with coal ready for export. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Pier 5 is busy loading a large ship on 7/27/1939. This pier was designed primarily to handle graded coal, and is still in service today. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo A load of coal is fed from a hopper at a 45-degree angle into the hold of a waiting ship at Pier 5 on 7/27/1939, in this view from the yard end of the dock. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo The Auriga is loaded with the first trans-Atlantic shipment of coal loaded at Pier 6 on 12/27/1962. The load was destined for Italy. (N&WHS Archives)
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