No love for the W class?
NW Modeling List
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Mon Jan 6 09:51:02 EST 2014
The G1's were the lightest locos the N&W had, and were spared for runs
down the Honaker branch. The W's were similar to the M's, but a
different wheel arrangement. I think they both started with the same
boiler. I have a NWSL W and it runs fine, and has good detailing.
Stuck in the 1930's
On 1/6/14 8:09 AM, "NW Modeling List" <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
>Northwest Shortline did a W2 about 1980 or so in brass, I painted one up
>and it looked OK to me, I did not put a scale ruler on them to see about
>accurate or not.
>The Ws were quickly supplanted as a mainline freight locomotive fairly
>quickly with more powerful power and, if I recall correctly, a large
>number of them were scrapped in the 1930s, with a handful hanging around
>until the arrival of the S1 in 1950. The 917 is the sole survivor that
>was in the scrapyard at Roanoke until sold to be a display piece at a
>restaurant in Ohio a few years back.
>The reason the G1 received attention later was they survived in service
>until 1955 and two were preserved, one at Roanoke and one at Bluefield,
>there is also a G at Saltville.
>On Jan 5, 2014, at 8:00 PM, NW Modeling List wrote:
>> My darling wife gave me a book on N&W steam locomotives for Christmas,
>>complete with plans and photos of most of the later classes. In
>>addition to the engines I'm already familiar with, I learned about one
>>I'd never seen before. W class 2-8-0. They reminded me (forgive me, I
>>have a Southern Ry. background) of Southern's J or K class
>>Consolidations, similar in size and with virtually identical frame and
>> So I have to wonder, why aren't the W class engines more popular? Have
>>any accurate models been produced? Were they common engines around the
>>railroad? Why don't they get any more love? Even the G class seems
>> Kenneth Rickman
>> Salisbury, NC
>> One thing about trains: It doesn't matter where they're going. What
>>matters is deciding to get on.
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