No love for the W class?

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Mon Jan 6 18:47:49 EST 2014

I own a W, brass, these engines were very early engines of the N&W, before
the 4-8-0's it was the 2-8-0's.
The thing with the N&W is they never bought 0-8-0's till very late in steam,
when the 2-6-6-2's and 2-8-8-2's started showing up,
those previous engines were delegated to switcher or branch line service.
When the 4-8-0's showed up, there was a rash of 2-8-0 scrappings, but
keeping enough to fill switcher duties, then the M2 class 4-8-0's showed up
some M class and more W class was scrapped, when the articulates came, you
get the picture.
I dont recall the maker of my W, perhaps PSC.

anyone modeling the N&W pre- 0-8-0 needs to have some W's and M's to be
accurate, then N&W still had them to the end of steam.
Thats quite a run for those engines built 1911 ish...

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Subject: No love for the W class?

> 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


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