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The typo in the discussion of Mikados (2-8-2)brought up a bit of steam
locomotive trivia. I'm reasonably certain of the following:
On the three Pochahontas railroads, there was only one Prairie (2-6-2).
On the three roads there was also only one camelback.
They were the same locomotive. It was on the Virginia Anthracite Coal and
Railway company, which was acquired by the N&W in 1911. Lasted on the N&W
until 1918. Classified as O-28 on the N&W. The VAC became the Blacksburg
Digging this up also led me to another fact. The reasons for the VAC and
the camelback were a pocket of anthracite coal in Southwestern Virginia.
(Anthracite?). There were at least two anthracite mines on the Virginian,
and at least one on the N&W. On CoalCampUSA if you find Raleigh County,
Virginia, there's a picture of an anthracite breaker that, to my eye, looks
like it belongs in Eastern Pennsylvania.
As usual, if I got some of this wrong, let me know. And, as usual, thanks
to Col. Jeffries, Richard Prince, and CoalCampUSA, for a lot of this
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