Z1a Class

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Fri Oct 21 23:03:13 EDT 2011


I will be able to help you if you want a specific road number to model.

There were eight identified Z-1a's by photos that got the piston-valved front cylinders but remained Class Z-1a to their end. The road numbers are listed in my Giant of Steam book. Four of these were sold to other railroads during WWII; the other four lasted to 1950-52 on the N&W.

My book also lists the road nubers of the Z-1b's which you can deduct from that what Z-1a's were not rebuilt into Z-1b's.

As for the Z-1a's in the late forties and early fiftes, there were 42 remaining in 1946, 34 in 1950 and the last one was dismantled at Roanoke in 12-1953 (road number 1338).

Again, if you want a specific road number, let me know and I can work with you with personal email to help.

Best regards,

Lewi I. "Bud" Jeffries
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I am not sure if this enquiry is aimed at historical N&W or modelling.
I am a member of the N&W Historical Society and at present I am trying to find the number of the loco of the class of Z1a's that lasted the longest before either scrapping or rebuilding with piston valve low pressure cylinders, so I can put the "best fit" number on a brass HO scale Z1a model. I am hoping at least one retained its slide valves into the late forties or early fifties! Being in the UK I am some-what out of the loop when it comes to research. I have at least 6 books on the N&W including N&W Giant of Steam by Jeffries, but the above information has eluded me.
Can any-one help?
Thanks and regards,
Fred Bailey.
PS I am the engineer for a new build full size atlantic locomotive being built at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex in the UK. Here is a link to our part of the web site if any-one is interested.



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