Pushing operation on mine runs

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Wed Jul 6 16:10:00 EDT 2005

Can anyone comment on the extent to which N&W & VGN used pushing
movements to get empties to mines that lacked run-arounds?

1. What was about the maximum distance that pushing would be used
before a major effort would be made to find a place to build a

2. Would a caboose usually lead the train?

3. Were there any special operating techniques used to communicate
between the loco and the head-end of the train before radios?

4. Are "long-distance" pushing movements more common today than in
steam days?

Pete Groom

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