N&W J Class Engines to Martinsburg, W.Va. ???

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Sat Jan 4 09:56:11 EST 2014

Mr. Claude Dixon, retired Conrail Road Foreman of Engines at Washington, DC, in a private email proposed the following interesting answer to my question:

I can only suggest that the K Class 4-8-2s were usually used on the Roanoke-Hagerstown trains but at times a Class J has been used on these trains. Problem is, What do you do if there's a wreck on the N&W line between Shenandoah Jct. and Hagerstown? You divert to the B&O at Shenandoah Jct. in an eastward direction, and then either shove west or have an engine waiting to pull the N&W passenger train westbound to Martinsburg, WV, where it could then pull eastbound onto the PRR/Cumbo connection and continue on to Hagerstown, MD under Special Instruction 1160-B1 if the train's equipment is applicable. It must have happened. The key might be to check B&O employee TTs of the period to see if anything remotely similar was in effect for the B&O. This might have happened or had the possibility of happening, hence a proactive stance.

-- abram burnett

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