Jersey Central Lines Steam Feature for December 2020

Featured Jersey Central Lines steam subjects this month include various locations in New Jersey:

  • CNJ #30 – Newark, NJ – 8/50
  • CNJ #101 – Jersey City, NJ – 2/54
  • CNJ #752 – Aldene, NJ – 2/6/54
  • CNJ #754 – Aldene, NJ – 2/6/54
  • CNJ #758 – Aldene, NJ – 2/6/54
  • CNJ #774 – Red Bank, NJ – 7/11/54

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


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Canadian Corner: Canadian National Railway Steam Locomotives

Featured subjects this month are Canadian National Railway steam locomotives in various Ontario locations:

  • CNR #3547 – Stratford, ON – 9/5/58
  • CNR #5601 – Stratford, ON – 9/5/58
  • CNR #5701 – Windsor, ON – 9/3/58
  • CNR #5702 – Toronto, ON – 9/4/58
  • CNR #6235 – Toronto, ON – 9/4/58
  • CNR #6247 – Toronto, ON – 9/4/58

All photos courtesy of Richard Leonard’s Rail Archive.


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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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Southern Railway Steam Feature for September 2020

southern-railway-logoFeatured Southern Railway steam subjects for this September post are of PS-4 locomotives at various Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina locations. The history of the Southern PS-4 class can be viewed in the enclosed link, courtesy of Wikipedia.

All photos courtesy of SOUTHERN Railfan.


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Canadian Corner: Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotives

canadian-flag-smallFeatured subjects this month are Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotives in various Quebec and Ontario locations:

All photos courtesy of Ron Wright Railroad Photography.


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