Roller Bearings and the Y6-b

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Wed Oct 9 17:00:44 EDT 2019

 For that matter, the S1a did not get roller bearings of any kind. I assume roller bearing rods had some connection with speed, since the first applications industry wide were on passenger locomotives.
Jim Nichols
    On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 01:30:25 PM CDT, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:  
 There's an old saying that goes "there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers."  But I'm afraid I am about to ask a really dumb question.
We all know that the last five Class A locomotives had roller bearings on their main and side rods.  But the Y6-b continued to be built long after the last Class A.  Yet the Y6-b never had roller bearings on the side and main rods.  I assume the reason was because the Class A was a high speed locomotive while the Y6-b, being compound, was a low speed puller.
I'd be interested if any one knows the reason the Y6-b never got the roller bearing treatment.
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