July 5, Sixty-Seven years Ago- the cause!

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I knew you would come through Ed!

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>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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>> 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

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>>>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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