1950's mine run motive power
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Class Y3/3a/4's, referred to as "twenty hundreds", were used except on
branches that required the lighter Class Z ("fourteen hundreds"). Per
timetable, those Pocahontas Division branches included: Pocahontas,
Simmons Creek, Flipping Creek, Spice Creek, Superior, and Ballard Harman
Spur off Tug Fork Branch.
First appearing in 1956, diesels augmented, then gradually displaced the
more modern Class Y5/6/6a/6b's ("twenty-one hundreds") in main line
service, bumping them to heavy mine run service where feasible. The
1400's were taken out of service by 1958 and were likely replaced with
diesels on what remained of the branches above, but I don't know numbers.
On 10/30/2018 7:20 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> I must have missed it in this conversation, and if I did, my
> apologies, What motive power was used in the '50's on these "Mine
> Runs"? Steam engines as well as early (for the N&W) diesels?
> Walter Davis, playing with trains in Youngsville, NC
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