No love for the W class?

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at
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.

Mark Lindsey
Stuck in the 1930's

On 1/6/14 8:09 AM, "NW Modeling List" <nw-modeling-list at> 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.


>Ken Miller

>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

>>driver dimensions.


>> 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

>>more popular.


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>> 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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