Shenandoah Division Steam Locomotives

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I noted that one of the road numbers was 606. Could this be class J number 606?
Lois J.Ponton
N&W steam historian

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Date: 10/23/2013 12:55 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: RE: Shenandoah Division Steam Locomotives

Nathan and Harry,

                Thanks to the late Robert Anderson, we have a complete listing of every steam locomotive that operated on the Shenandoah Division from approximately 1947 almost to the end of steam. All the records were thrown into the turntable pit at Shenandoah as fill, in the early 1960s and Robert had the foresight to “pilfer” some, until a thunderstorm ruined the bulk of them. These records have been entrusted to me and I have it in my Last Will & Testament that when I take a “dirt nap” that they go to the NWHS Archives. My real job is kind of hairy right now, and I didn’t want to let this out for fear of being overburdened with questions, but I am attaching a page from the mid-1950s. You can enlarge it and get a representative sample of the road numbers of these locomotives.


Mason Cooper







Does any one know and/or can send me a list of Steam Locomotives that
typically ran the Shenandoah Division, namely the Hagerstown District.
From 1924, the locomotives assigned to the Shendandoah Division
were in captive service more or less. By ICC edict, each major
railroad had to have a district equipped with Automatic Train
Control(ATC). N&W selected the Shenandoah-Hagerstown district
initially, then extended it from Shenandoah to Roanoke.  The
engines had to be equipped with cab signals and didn't roam the
system. Mason Cooper's book on the Shenandoah Division shows some
of the assignments over various periods.  Incidentally, the
ATC-equippped K and E class engines assigned to Richmond-Petersburg
service wouldn't operate on the Shenandoah Div. because N&W used
Union Switch & Signal and ACL used GRS.      Harry Bundy
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