4 Axle Question

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Mon Sep 18 11:57:41 EDT 2017

The bridge crossing the former VGN at Merrimac probably
limited the Blacksburg Branch to 4-axle power.

Then there was the St. Thomas Division, which had only
two N&W employees (auditors). CN furnished the crews and
track; N&W supplied the locomotives.  There were 20 F7-A
units built by GM of Canada in London, ONT for the Wabash.
To avoid paying import taxes, this 4-axle power was restricted
to use in Canada ONLY  (they were allowed to travel between
Fort Erie, ONT to Bison Yard (Buffalo) without penalty.  Don't
know what Cooper ratings were on CN's bridges, so quite
possibly, only 4-axle power could be used.  As the Canadian
engines were retired or sold, they were replaced with American-
made Geeps.  CN's Chatham Sub-division Glencoe-Windsor
was double-tracked with 90# jointed rail, no signals, and the
CN passenger trains were allowed to operate at a maximum
speed of 80 MPH.                                  Harry Bundy 
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