Pocahontas Div branch line locomotives
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As mentioned elsewhere, a wide range of motive power was used on branch
lines, predominately twenty hundreds (Class Y3/3a/4) on mine runs, until
the late 1950's. Class Z1b's were used where weight was an issue.
Main-line jobs with twenty-one hundreds (Class Y5/6/6a/6b) and electric
motors (Class LC1/2) moved trains of empties to and loads from
branch-line yards. Passenger runs used Class E2a's, except for a Class M
on the North Fork Branch. A Class K1 was known to grace the head end of
the Buchanan Branch Mixed, although a Class Y3 was regular power. The
Tug River Local freight out of Williamson turned at Wilcoe Yard on the
Tug Fork Branch with a Class M2. The Blackford Turn out of Bluefield
down the Clinch Valley to the Honaker Branch used a Class G1. By the
late 1950's, displaced by diesels on main-line jobs, twenty-one hundreds
bumped twenty hundreds on mine runs. Starting in 1950, the other jobs
were gradually cut off, a few getting diesels before so.
Best of the Season to All,
On 12/11/2019 3:31 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> Hi folks,
> What locomotives were used on the branch lines in the 40's and 50's?
> In particular I'm looking at the coal haulers in Pocahontas Division.
> I think that the Class E2a's were used and perhaps some version of the
> Class M's. Are these right? And are their others?
> Tom Fulton
> Asheville, NC
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