customer question

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Wed Oct 15 13:19:57 EDT 2008

Those Pacifics on the Bristol-Appalachia run (1284 on the Appalachia layover, 1298 on the Bristol layover) were never superheated. They were P-1 Pacifics; the same boiler and firebox and frame as the P, Ps and Ps-2 Pacifics, but with 63" drivers instead of 72 or 72 1/2.

Ed King

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Somewhat of a stretch, BUT. . . sometimes John Q. Public
doesn't realize the accuracy required in railroading e.g.
Chapanoke (NC) becomes Champion Oak. Appalachia
and Big Stone Gap aren't that far from Wise and they're in
Wise County. Even the airport at Wise carries the name.
For the know-all of things mechanical, the encyclopedia
of Southern, and the gentleman from Bristol (the one in
the USA, not Great Britain) -- didn't the Southern operate
a passenger train Bristol-St. Charles powered by a PS-1
and known as The Lonesome Pine Special ?

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