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Tue Jun 19 23:09:48 EDT 2007

Gordon -

I agree with you that I never heard Ms referred to as "Mollies" around Bristol. Tim Hensley referred to them that way in "Steam Steel and Stars" and for all I know that was what they were called around his home town of Kenova. But in print, only in SS&S and in the new "SLS" book.

3- or 4-hundreds is what they were called . . .

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Subject: Mollie

More and more recently I have seen the term "Mollie" used to describe N & W's Class M steam locomotives. Although I once worked in an N & W shop that had a Class M, I never heard the term "Mollie" until recently, but I have to admit that most rank and file N & W railroaders would refer to a locomotive by the number series instead of the class, e.g., a "four-hundred" instead of a "Class M."

Still, I wonder, is "Mollie" a recent railfan invention. Anyone know?



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