Depot Doings: Catlettsburg, KY / Jenkins, KY / Fostoria, OH / Mineral, VA / Durbin, WV / Alderson, WV

Featured Chesapeake & Ohio Railway depots this month are those in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia:

  • Catlettsburg, KY – 11/13/10
  • Jenkins, KY – 8/1/78
  • Fostoria, OH – 1/1/73
  • Mineral, VA – 10/30/13
  • Durbin, WV – 8/12/73
  • Alderson, WV – 6/27/07

All photos courtesy of Railroad Picture Archives.


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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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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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Depot Doings: Winchester, VA / Salem, IL / Midland, OH / Mount Vernon, OH / Gaithersburg, MD / Point of Rocks, MD

Featured B&O Railway depots on the blog this month are those in Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, and Maryland:

  • B&O – Winchester, VA – 8/21/73
  • B&O – Salem, IL – 8/1/75
  • B&O – Midland, OH – 5/18/77
  • B&O – Mount Vernon, OH – 10/14/12
  • B&O – Gaithersburg, MD – 6/29/78
  • B&O – Point of Rocks, MD – 6/3/72

All photos courtesy of Railroad Picture Archives.


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Louisville & Nashville Railway Steam Feature for March 2017

Featured L&N Railway steam subjects for this March post include various locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio:

  • L&N #238 – Louisville, KY – 2/2/35
  • L&N #247 – East St. Louis, IL – 5/39
  • L&N #253 – Mobile, AL – 5/51
  • L&N #276 – Nashville, TN – 7/48
  • L&N #295 – Evansville, IN – 6/49
  • L&N #406 – Cincinnati, OH – 10/38

All photos courtesy of Ron’s Rec Room.


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Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Steam Feature for February 2017

C&O Rwy Logo

Featured Chesapeake & Ohio Railway steam subjects for this February post include locations in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Washington, DC and West Virginia:

  • C&O #444 – Hammond, IN – 6/24/47
  • C&O #450 – Huntington, WV – 7/35
  • C&O #472 – Cincinnati, OH – 10/6/49
  • C&O #482 – Washington, DC – 12/27/46
  • C&O #549 – Washington, DC – 6/12/38
  • C&O #2987 – New Buffalo, MI – 9/24/49

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


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New York Central Steam Feature for December 2016

NYC Logo

Featured New York Central Railway steam features for this December post include various locations in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio:

  • NYC #5452 – Chicago, IL – 9/7/55
  • NYC #5296 – Chicago, IL – 9/7/55
  • NYC #6019 – Chicago, IL – 9/8/55
  • NYC #1469 – St. Louis, MO – 9/11/55
  • NYC #6014 – Crestline, OH – 5/29/54

All photos courtesy of Mr. John Dziobko, Jr., GodFatherRails.com.


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