Bluefield 1973

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Mon Nov 18 07:42:40 EST 2019

I've blown up the pic and looked a several times...........with the angle
and distance of the shot to that specific locomotive I can pick out 4 large
fan housings on the roof......I'll take your all's word for it being a SD35
but I can't see the smaller fan that would be located between the 2 large
fans to the long hood end.  Did you note the difference in the fan housings
(tapered tops) versus the norm as can be seen on the SD45?

Here's another interesting shot I took when I lived in NE Ohio at my
favorite place to shoot N&W roster/locomotive shots, Brewster, OH.  Sort of
interesting catching a set of 3 (2 RS36's and 1 RS11) units together like
this  Between all the dirt, repainting, and washing solutions its hard to
tell if the units are all blue or maybe 330 is black?  Anyway during this
period N&W units all suffered this issue of paint and lack of cleanliness.
(I have 3 of Rapido's Pevler Blue RS11's on pre-order).  Love these
locomotives and its fantastic thanks to Rapido that we finally have an
accurate model of an N&W RS11 in HO.  Hope they'll do additional runs in
Black with Script and half moon heralds!

Note: that N&W only had 6 (407-412) 400 series RS36's on the roster.  There
were additional RS36's by way of the NKP in the 2800 series (2865-2873 were
low hood and 2874 and 2875 that were high hood and the only 2 RS36's built
that had steam generators installed.

Ed Painter - member #70 from Narrows, VA living in Cohutta, GA

On Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 1:18 AM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

> Ed,
> In the past week or so I shared this picture with Bob Harpe at a RPM meet
> and we discussed it thoroughly.  Bob told me to take a look at the lead
> loco(far end of picture) again.  Upon studying it we concluded it is a SD35
> and not a GP40.  There were two things Bob pointed out, first there are two
> dynamic brake fans, second is the “lip” over the radiator grill only used
> on the EMD “35” series.
> Again I want to thank you for posting the picture and please keep posting
> them.  This is a very interesting picture and set of locomotives.
> On Oct 27, 2019, at 4:20 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>
> wrote:
> I was fortunate enough to have been born in 1951 (in Bluefield) .  We
> lived in Giles County, VA where my dad was in management at the Glen Lyn
> power plant.  Dad was an excellent model railroader and loved watching
> trains so we spent lots of time watching N&W steam and Virginian electrics
> as well as the transition to diesel power.  It was a truly fascinating time
> to watch the N&W and Virginian.  With that said the N&W era I like most and
> what I model is 1962 to 1982, ...especially the late 60's to mid 70's.  I
> took this shot  in Bluefield during 1973.  It well represents what I liked
> best of the N&W and now model in HO.  2 RS11's, an SD45, and a GP40 in
> Bluefield, WV shot from the Mercer St bridge.
> Ed Painter - Member #70 - from Narrows, VA living in Cohutta, GA
> James Wall
> Rural Hall, NC
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