Ed talking J-life at Bristol

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   Bob - 

I didn’t get any Southern steam photos at Bristol or anywhere else; they ran their last steam in June 1953 and I didn’t get a good camera until 1955.  

I did see the #41-#46 quick turn done more than once with the J’s; if #41 was on time, it was easier but not easy; if #41 was late it was difficult.  But Js could get a #41 forty or so minutes late at Monroe and get it into Bristol on time.  Same way on the eastbound trips.  And the Bristol line was no picnic – curves and grades abounded, and tested the acceleration potential that was built into the J.  That’s why they put 70-inch drivers under that engine, and why they were well satisfied with that decision after it was done.  Then they took the 610 up on the Pennsy in 1944 and ran it 111 MPH, at a driving wheel RPM of about 540.  The PRR people said it rode better than anything they ever had up there except the S-1 6-4-4-6, which had 84-inch Baldwin Disc driving wheels.  The J made do with home-designed spoked drivers, but they were, arguably, the best counterbalanced steam locomotives west of Wales.


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Ed King wrote about the J locos at Bristol ... 

>>>>  Occasionally it became necessary to turn the J arriving at
Bristol on #41 to leave OT with #46.  You talk about a lotta shaking. The
engine had to back the mile and a half to the roundhouse, get her fire cleaned,
coaled and watered, in the house for a quick check and lubricating the rods, and
back out and back down to the station.  But somehow, it got done.  But such
capabilities were designed into the J.  The Ks, as good as they were  (and they
were good) with their 1919 technology couldn't hope to perform like
that.   <<<<

Edward ... Did this by chance happen during your college-boy days when you spent summers working jobs at the Bristol roundhouse and taking photos of that last Southern steam train?

Ooooohhh yeah ... I remember you ... Bob

Bob Loehne
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Sherrill's Ford, NC 28673
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