Y6 route availability

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>From Pocahontas Division TT No. 9, effective July 21, 1955:

TT Rule 105: "The use of engines heavier than Class Z is prohibited on
Pocahontas Branch west of Pocahontas, Ballard Harman Spur of Tug Fork
Branch, Superior, Spice Creek, Simmons and Goodwill Bfanches."

To my knowledge, there were no other weight restrictions on coalfield
branches. If a branch could accommodate Class Y-3 and Y-4 engines, it could
also handle Y-5's and Y-6's.

Until dieselization began, Y-3's were generally used on mine shifters, and
Y-5's and Y-6's on main line runs. As diesels began to displace Y-5's and
Y-6's on main line runs, the Y-3's were gradually removed from service and
replaced by Y-5's and Y-6's on mine shifters until full dieselization

Louis Newton
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> Bluefield Daily Telegraph

> August 6, 1910



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> Inauguration of Fast Local Freight Service Would Develop Greater Traffic

> "Ten years ago," said a prominent railroad man last night, "the Norfolk

> and Western would be blocked from one end to the other if it was offered

> the tonnage it is handling now. This tonnage is being handled very

> rapidly and the increased equipment is proving a money saver every day.

> Another noticeable fact is that way sidings are kept clear of cars,

> showing that the railroad is in a position to take tonnage as fast as it

> is offered. By the end of next year," said the man, "the railroad will be

> in a position to handle an even greater tonnage than now, as the

> completion of double track will permit of the sending of trains in either

> direction with greater dispatch than is possible even now when the road

> seems to monthly add to its handling capacity."

> The people of the outside country and many at home feel that the only

> commodity being handled on the road is coal but this is an error. The

> road is developing a through freight service which brings considerable

> traffic to the line and an effort is being made to divert tonnage via

> Norfolk from eastern markets so as to pay for sending trains back through

> this section.

> Thousands of tons of express, however, are handled daily which should

> be shipped by express freight from Norfolk and by way freight into the

> field. The Norfolk and Western has never put on an active way freight

> with the result that a great deal of the business which under normal

> conditions should be handled by freight is and has been going by express.

> "If," said this gentleman, "the Norfolk and Western would put on a way

> freight to be made up in Bluefield or Graham, which could be operated on a

> schedule the same as passenger trains with the exception that time for

> switching would be allowed, a great deal of the express which is now

> handled by the Southern Express Company could be sent by freight at an

> added profit to the railroad company. An express freight leaving Norfolk

> should arrive in this city in the early morning so that plenty of time

> would be given to start a way freight out of this city early enough in the

> morning to serve all the towns in the field before no

> on. Such a freight train would prove profitable and in time a large

> enough freight business could be developed to warrant even greater

> expenditures in this field of freight endeavor."

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> Gordon Hamilton

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> Were the Y6s (& 5s?) enough heavier than the Y3s that they couldn't go

> some of the same places as the Y3s (such as some mine runs)? Most of

> the pics I remember of the 6s were on main line trains.


> I ask because my HO model RR is laid with Code 70 rail (100 lbs per

> yd?) which is heavy enough for my Y3s and I'm considering getting a

> Broadway Ltd. Y6. (No one who sees my MR would know the difference,

> but . . . .)


> pete groom



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