The Big White Rectangle

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Sun Sep 17 09:16:17 EDT 2006

At 12:37 AM 9/17/06, you wrote:

>Was the MCB coupler the N&W's first application of Janney couplers, or

>were there earlier versions of the "knuckle couplers" or "automatic

>coupler" in use theretofore on the N&W?

Builder's photos of N&W locomotives had link-and-pin couplers through 1898,
1899 deliveries had knuckle couplers. However, this critter had both air
brakes and knuckle couplers, delivered probably in the early 1890s.
Passenger equipment was commonly fitted with both well before they were
applied to freight cars.

David Thompson

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