Bluefield 1973

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In the past week or so I shared this picture with Bob Harpe at a RPM meet and we discussed it thoroughly.  Bob told me to take a look at the lead loco(far end of picture) again.  Upon studying it we concluded it is a SD35 and not a GP40.  There were two things Bob pointed out, first there are two dynamic brake fans, second is the “lip” over the radiator grill only used on the EMD “35” series.

Again I want to thank you for posting the picture and please keep posting them.  This is a very interesting picture and set of locomotives.

> On Oct 27, 2019, at 4:20 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:
> I was fortunate enough to have been born in 1951 (in Bluefield) .  We lived in Giles County, VA where my dad was in management at the Glen Lyn power plant.  Dad was an excellent model railroader and loved watching trains so we spent lots of time watching N&W steam and Virginian electrics as well as the transition to diesel power.  It was a truly fascinating time to watch the N&W and Virginian.  With that said the N&W era I like most and what I model is 1962 to 1982, ...especially the late 60's to mid 70's.  I took this shot  in Bluefield during 1973.  It well represents what I liked best of the N&W and now model in HO.  2 RS11's, an SD45, and a GP40 in Bluefield, WV shot from the Mercer St bridge.  
> Ed Painter - Member #70 - from Narrows, VA living in Cohutta, GA

James Wall
Rural Hall, NC

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