Class J's at Hagerstown
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J-class could and lead go but only with approval of Roadforman. There is
evidence that a J made at least one round trip Roanoke-Sshenandoah. I
can't remember the details though.
trainman51 at gmail.com
On 1/4/2014 22:52, NW Mailing List wrote:
> I think I read on this list that a J was run as a test on the
> Shenandoah Valley line once or twice but was not used otherwise. That
> said, their near look-alike twins, the streamlined "K's" could and
> regularly did as did a few non-streamlined K class. The biggest
> pre-requisite was having the proper cab controls for the Valley line
> was equipped with those types of controls and only those engines could
> go, or at least, only in the lead. And the J's did not have the
> appropriate controls.
> I think Mason's SV book covers those details.
> Bob Cohen
> 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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