Nickel Plate Road Steam Feature for June 2017

Featured Nickel Plate Road steam subjects for this post are Berkshire locomotives in various Ohio and Illinois locations:

  • NKP #715 – Conneaut, OH – 1/1/60
  • NKP #744 – Chicago, IL – 6/6/58
  • NKP #750 – Chicago, IL – 1956
  • NKP #757 – Bellevue, OH – Date unknown
  • NKP #771 – Ohio – Late 1950’s
  • NKP #779 – Location & date unknown

The Class A-1 Berkshire is a 2-8-4 steam locomotive first built in 1925 by the Lima Locomotive Works. The design was initially intended to improve on the company’s USRA Mikado design (2-8-2), which was deemed to lack sufficient speed and horsepower. This was addressed by the inclusion of a larger, 100-square foot firebox that required an extra trailing axle, giving the locomotive its distinctive 2-8-4 wheel arrangement.

The Berkshire locomotive was so named for its testing location on the Berkshire Hills of the Boston & Albany Railroad. After the Class A-1 successfully outperformed a Class H-10 Mikado, the Boston & Albany Railroad became the first to order the new Berkshires. Over 600 were built by Lima Locomotive Works, the American Locomotive Company and Baldwin Locomotive Works. A total of nineteen different railroads purchased Berkshires, including the Erie Railroad, who owned 105 Berkshires, more than any other railroad; the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, who nicknamed theirs the Kanawhas, and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad’s, whose locomotives were technically designed as Class M-1 but were referred to as “Big Emmas.”

Editor’s Note: Over the years, there has been quite a bit of speculation as to the immense power generated by a steam locomotive. In the attached link, Mr. Rich Melvin’s interview will interject some perspective on this long sought after answer.

 

All photos courtesy of Google; history excerpt courtesy of Wikipedia; video courtesy of Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society via YouTube.


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Canadian Corner: Ontario Northland Steam Locomotives

Featured subjects on this month’s Canadian Corner post are of Ontario Northland Railway steam locomotives in various Ontario locations:

  • ON #102 – Cochrane, ON – 1940’s
  • ON #204 – Cochrane, ON – 1940’s
  • ON #310 – Englehart, ON – 1952
  • ON #701 – Last steam run on Ontario Northland – 6/25/57
  • ON #900 – North Bay, ON – 1940’s
  • ON #1100 – North Bay, ON – 1940’s

All photos courtesy of Old Time Trains.


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Depot Doings: Delray Beach, FL / Inverness, FL / Kissimmee, FL / Jacksonville, NC

Featured depots this month are of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in Florida and North Carolina:

  • Delray Beach, FL – 10/28/72
  • Inverness, FL – 6/23/87
  • Kissimmee, FL – 2/75
  • Jacksonville, NC – 8/81

All photos courtesy of www.rr-fallenflags.org.


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Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Steam Feature for April 2017

Featured Chesapeake & Ohio steam subjects for this April post are of the famous Allegheny at various locations in Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.  The history of the 2-6-6-6 Allegheny Type locomotive can be viewed at the enclosed link, courtesy of American-Rails.com.

  • C&O #1605 – Toledo, OH – 8/5/50
  • C&O #1624 – Hinton, WV – 8/5/56
  • C&O #1631 – Columbus, OH – 7/7/48
  • C&O #1632 – Richmond, VA – 8/1/46
  • C&O #1639 – Hinton, WV – 8/2/46
  • C&O #1653 – Russell, KY – 10/7/52
  • C&O #1650 under construction – Lima, OH – 10/1/48
  • C&O Allegheny under construction – Lima, OH – 11/48

All photos courtesy of Railroad Picture Archives.


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Canadian Corner: Canadian National Railway Steam Locomotives

Featured subjects on this April’s Canadian Corner post are Canadian National Railway steam locomotives in various Nova Scotia and Ontario locations:

  • CNR #1135 – Oxford Junction, NS – 6/20/55
  • CNR #5031 – Spadina St Roundhouse, Toronto, ON – 1952
  • CNR #3505 – Clarkson, ON – 1957
  • CNR #3422 – Sarnia, ON – 12/58
  • CNR #3466 & #3459 – Stratford, ON – 1958
  • CNR #3518 – Toronto, ON – 1959

All photos courtesy of Railpictures.ca.


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Depot Doings: Toccoa, GA / Belmont, NC / Saluda, NC / Tryon, NC / Donalds, SC / Orange, VA

Featured Southern Railway depots on the blog this month are those in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia:

  • Toccoa, GA – 6/22/80
  • Belmont, NC – 7/30/80
  • Saluda, NC – 5/10/80
  • Tryon, NC – 5/10/80
  • Donalds, SC – 2/23/80
  • Orange, VA – 3/13/72

All photos courtesy of Railroad Picture Archives.


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Canadian Corner: Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotives

Featured subjects on this month’s Canadian Corner post are Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotives in various Ontario and Quebec locations:

  • CPR #1228 – Windsor, ON – 6/18/59
  • CPR #1258 – Montreal, PQ – 6/16/59
  • CPR #2214 – Streetsville, ON – 7/14/59
  • CPR #2459 – Montreal, PQ – 6/15/59
  • CPR #3759 – Montreal, PQ – 6/16/59
  • CPR Reclamation Yard – Montreal, PQ – 4/17/60

All photos courtesy of Railroad Picture Archives.


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