K locomotives on the N&W main line

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When I worked in the N&W shop in Durham, NC, summers of 1952, 53 and 54, the 
passenger engines on the Durham line were unstreamilined K-1 locomotives. 
In June and July 1954 I worked on the N&W weed spray train (I covered the 
entire N&W east of Williamson, WV at 13 mph), and when we sprayed the Durham 
line we were pushed by a streamlined K2 with its chime whistle.  Because 
none of the regular locomotives on the Durham line were equipped with chime 
whistles, it was a curiosity to see how many people came running out of 
their houses to see what was making that unfamiliar, beautiful whistle sound 
that came out of the K2!

Gordon Hamilton

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Subject: K locomotives on the N&W main line

> Hello, all
> Other than the K engines that ran between Norfolk and Richmond Broad 
> Street, how often were K locomotives used in passenger service elsewhere 
> on the main line?  I had the impression that J-class locomotives were used 
> and that K engines were relegated to branch lines to Durham, 
> Winston-Salem, Hagerstown, and elsewhere.  I have attached a picture of 
> N&W 124 at Farmville, unknown year.
> Happy holidays to all,
> Frank Scheer
> f_scheer at yahoo.com


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