Class D

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 I would agree with Prince. As 10 wheelers with 60" drivers in 1889, I would say they were intended for passenger service.
Jim Nichols
    On Sunday, January 23, 2022, 08:17:04 PM CST, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:  
 The attached article from the   Roanoke Daily Times, Volume 6, Number 25, 29 December 1889,describes the N&W testing and putting into service Class D #s 38, 39 and 40.  The article states that they are of the Iron Mountain RR type.  The only Iron Mountain RR I found for that period from Googling was the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Southern Railroad and the second attachment is a shot of their 634 that was delivered to them in 1899.  There seems to be a decent resemblance  between the 634 and N&W 38 as shown on page 110 of Prince.  The biggest difference that jumped out at me was the Belpaire firebox on the Ds that seem not to be on the StLIMS.  If the N&W Class Ds were built to the same specifications as StLIMS   634 and 635 (which is at the St. Louis Museum), perhaps we could learn something of the Class Ds by studying the 635.  Any students of the Rogers Locomotive Works out there who can corroborate or refute my conjecture?  One other question, the Times article indicates the Class Ds were intended for coal hauling in the mountains but Prince page 109 says they were used in main line passenger service Crewe, Roanoke and Bristol.  Any thoughts? Thanks,Jim Cochran                               ________________________________________
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