Class A at New York World's Fair 1939/40

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Wed Oct 29 20:30:45 EDT 2014

1939 Worlds Fair in NYC.
 I have the brochure N&W distributed promoting "Travel By Train" to the World Fair. Near the end of the brochure is a 2 page spread titled "Railroads at the World's Fair".
It describes displays & exhibits but does not identify any engine numbers. However near the end there is a paragraph titled " Railroads in Building"  it reads:

The main feature of the Railroad Equipment Supply Industry will be a mammoth screen diorama, in form of mountainous landscape, 80 ft.wide by 28 ft high, on which will be shown the building of railroads from the forest clearing for a right-of-way to the completed system. 10,000 square feet of space will be devoted to this exhibit.
As a corollary to this exhibit there will be on display a super-locomotive, 130 ft long and weighing 519 tons which, mounted on friction reverse wheels, will operate under its own power at full speed.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:04 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:

That is funny Rick, because when I saw the post about the photo of 1206 at the World's Fair, I went ho-hum, yet another snapshot of that, must be a thousand of them. What I would like to see is a view of it going or coming home from the Fair!

Too bad they had the photos in one of those "magnetic page" albums which leaves rubber cement marks on prints.

1206 also traveled back over the Shenandoah Division coming back to Roanoke on its way home in 1940.

Ken Miller
On Oct 29, 2014, at 8:46 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:

These photos are not sharp enough to see the 
engine number.  I believe it is 1206 enroute to New York for display at the 
World's Fair.  Photo location is PRR station at Chambersburg, PA, 25 miles 
north of Hagerstown.  The main rods have been removed because the 
locomotive is being towed dead.  The train was powered by doubled headed PRR L1 2-8-2's.  So here is evidence that an A travelled the length of the 
Shenandoah Division, but not under its own power.
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