Norfolk and Western Railway 2018 Calendar
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The N&W became Norfolk and Western only in 1881, four decades after its start as the City Point Railroad in Virginia. N&W led the development of coalfields in the Virginias, and that fueled the road’s expansion. N&W was noted for the locomotive building skills of its Roanoke Shops. Norfolk and Western features those Class A J and Y locomotives, along with much more. All aboard the “Precision Transportation” line!
Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 calendar opens to 13.75 by 20.5 inches.
Trains and locomotives featured in the Norfolk an Western Railway 2018 calendar include:
Steam Turbine Electric 2300 was delivered to the N&W in May of 1954. This locomotive was in a class by itself, with a 6-6-6-6 wheel arrangement, built by a consortium of Westinghouse Electric, Babcock and Wilcox, N&W, and the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation. It carried the name “Jawn Henry.” It is seen here awaiting service at the massive Shaffers Crossing, Virginia coal dock in May 1957. Although it demonstrated some good features, there were also problems with it, and it finished its days as a helper on the Blue Ridge Grade. It was experimental and one-of-a-kind, expensive and it did not perform up to expectations. After about three and a half years of trying, the N&W called it quits and sent the locomotive to the scrap yard, opting to purchase proven Diesel locomotives instead.
Norfolk and Western 1240 (Class A, a 2-6-6-4 built by N&W’s Roanoke Shops) is on the point of a westbound freight rolling along at a good clip at Bonsack, Virginia on October 12, 1955.
Norfolk and Western 2136 (Class Y6, a 2-8-8-2, built by the N&W’s Roanoke Shops) is on a westbound freight coming out of the Montgomery Tunnel, a 663 foot long double bore tunnel located a few miles east of Christiansburg, Virginia on April 26, 1957.
Norfolk and Western 1371, a Class Z1a, built by Richmond Locomotive Works, is running eastbound in reverse with a local freight as it approaches Blue Ridge Summit, Virginia on October 13, 1955. The truck off to the left is an N&W maintenance of way vehicle.
Norfolk and Western 2079, a Class Y3a, a 2-8-8-2, built by the American Locomotive Works, is on a two-car work train near Bluefield, Virginia on July 20, 1955.
Here comes the “Powhatan Arrow”! A heavyweight coach has been added to the usual four car lightweight consist as Train #25 works a slight upgrade through Villamont, Virginia on October 25, 1956. The 612 leading this train, a Class J, a 4-8-4 built by N&W’s Roanoke Shops, was the twelfth of fourteen Class J’s that served the N&W. The Class J’s were built over a period of nine years, with the last three coming on line in 1950. In the summer of 1958, the Stuart Saunders regime ordered all of them removed from passenger service as soon as possible and replaced by Diesels. By the end of 1959, all had been set aside. Thirteen of them were scrapped; 611 survived, was placed in limited excursion service, set aside again in 1992. Fortunately, it was rebuilt and again placed in public relations and excursion service in 2014. Anyone who has not seen it run should—it is well worth the effort. Contact the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke for details and schedules.
Norfolk and Western 1212 and 1217, Class A 2-6-6-4’s, both built by N&W’s Roanoke Shops, are on a westbound double-headed freight just east of Blue Ridge, Virginia on April 24, 1957. As a point of interest, one Class A was not cut up in the scrapping frenzy of the early 1960’s. 1218 was initially saved, then later rebuilt and placed into excursion service. Norfolk Southern management in 1994 eliminated their excursion steam program and 1218 was again set aside. The locomotive is now on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke.
Norfolk and Western 382, a Class M, a 4-8-0, built by the Richmond Locomotive Works, is arriving at Damascus, Virginia with Train #M201, the “Virginia Creeper” on May 30, 1957. This was N&W’s scenic fifty-five mile long Abington Branch. Of the 125 Class M’s placed in service, only two survive today. 433 was donated to Abington, Virginia and remains on display there. And one is still operating: 475 is in regular service on the Strasburg Railway at Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Norfolk and Western 107, Class K1, a 4-8-2 built by N&W’s Roanoke Shops, is hustling a three car westbound local freight past a farmstead near Montvale, Virginia on October 25, 1956.
Norfolk and Western 603, Class J, a 4-8-4 built by the N&W’s Roanoke Shops, is leading Train #4, the eastbound “Pocahontas,” through Villamont, Virginia on October 25, 1956.
Norfolk and Western 201, a Class S1a, an 0-8-0, Built by the Roanoke Shops, is switching near the Bluefield, West Virginia engine terminal on October 17, 1958.
Norfolk and Western Roundhouse Goat 12, a Class W6 0-8-0T rebuilt by the N&W’s Roanoke Shops, sits on the turntable at Shaffers Crossing, Virginia during the summer of 1957. Originally numbered 821, it was renumbered to 12, since new Diesels were coming and they would be numbered in the 800 series. This renumbering occurred in April 1957, and 12 was retired a few months after that.
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