July 5, Sixty-Seven years Ago

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Wed Jul 5 23:16:07 EDT 2006

Charlie - without lubrication, the boiler bearing slide wouldn't slide. It
had worked after a fashion from Roanoke to Dry Branch but evidently siezed
up at that point. After it made the little left curve at the end of Dry
Branch Middle track, it wouldn't let the boiler come back to center; the
front engine stayed skewed to the left. It's still skewed to the left in
the photo. It stayed skewed to the left as the engine tried to make the
right hand curve after the short straight.

Again, get into the DOT special collections website and get report 2369.

The engine was on its first trip after being taken out of storage. It would
have been difficult to visibly detect the lack of lubrication, and nobody
did detect it.

I had heard that an A derailed in a yard (Williamson or Portsmouth) out on
the west end due to the same thing, but I've never seen anything to confirm

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Subject: Re: July 5, Sixty-Seven years Ago

> Abramus:

> Growing up in Radford, I had heard about this wreck from my dad for years

> and this is the first photo I've ever seen of it. Thanks! He had family

> that worked MOW along 'the river' through Belspring.

> I had asked Ed King if he knew anything about it and he had a vague

> remembrance of the incident. Now the question, to which I also posed to

> Dr. Kiing, was the front engine uncooperative or did it sieze (bind) or

> actually weld due to the build up of heat?

> Charlie Long



> -----Original Message-----

>>From: nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org

>>Sent: Jul 4, 2006 8:54 PM

>>To: N&W Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>

>>Subject: July 5, Sixty-Seven years Ago


>>It was sixty-seven years ago, July 5, 1939, that Engine 2030 turned over

>>at Big Falls Cut on the Radford Division, due to a dry boiler slide.


>>Attached is a photo.


>>Keep your boiler slides well greased, boys !


>>-- abram burnett




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