Nickel Plate Road Steam Feature for October 2020

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 (Credit: C. Dangler)
  • NKP #744 – Chicago, IL – 6/6/58 (Credit: David Leonard)
  • NKP #750 – Chicago, IL – 1956 (Credit: C.W. Burns)
  • NKP #757 – Bellevue, OH – Date Unknown (Credit: Barry Lennon)
  • NKP #771 – Ohio – Early 1950’s (Credit: Charles Snyder)
  • NKP #779 – Location & Date Unknown (Credit: Pinterest)

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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Pere Marquette Railway Steam Feature for May 2020

Featured Pere Marquette Railway steam subjects for this month include various locations in Michigan and Illinois:

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


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Grand Trunk Western Railway Steam Feature for June 2019

Featured Grand Trunk Western Railway steam subjects for this June post include various locations in Michigan and Illinois:

  • GTW #2672 – Battle Creek, MI – 7/50
  • GTW #3734 – Battle Creek, MI – 7/50
  • GTW #3750 – Pontiac, MI – 7/19/56
  • GTW #5043 – Durand, MI – 1930
  • GTW #5627 – Durand, MI – 8/4/57
  • GTW #6410 – Chicago, IL – 10/38

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


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Wabash Railroad Steam Feature for July 2018

Featured Wabash Railroad steam subjects for this July post include various locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan:

  • WAB #526 – Chicago, IL – 8/29/48
  • WAB #1502 – Grand Rapids, MI – 1940
  • WAB #2068 – Des Moines, IA – 1939
  • WAB #2507 – Landess, IN – 2/39
  • WAB #2917 – Decatur, IL – 2/22/53
  • WAB #2921 – Decatur, IL – 9/11/48

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


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Monon Railway Steam Feature for May 2018

Featured Monon Railway steam subjects for this May post include various locations in Indiana and Illinois:

  • Monon #109 – Lafayette, IN – 6/3/39
  • Monon #111 – Bedford, IN – 5/21/47
  • Monon #283 – Indianapolis, IN – 5/47
  • Monon #412 – Chicago, IL – 7/19/40
  • Monon #452 – Michigan City, IN – Date Unknown
  • Monon #561 – Lafayette, IN – Date Unknown

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


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