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enlarged schematic of the D&H Colonie Shops -- 082913The D&H Colonie Shops

posted by Preserved Wook

The D&H is one of my great RR favorites, not least because of the remarkable high-pressure series of incredible luggers that President Leonor F Loree promoted for such a good long time after other lines had gone to articulation, whether compound as in the case of the truly engineered N&W Y-series Chesapeakes; or, indeed, the cruder & more brutally powerful & fuel-extravagant C&O 2-6-6-6s & UP 4-8-8-4s.

This shows some of the shopwork behind the “Bridge Line” RR’s pre-Depression great success:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/65574974/D-H-Colonie-Shop

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[29 August 2013]

 

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Delaware & Hudson Steam In the 1930s & 1940s

posted by Engineman Wook

Footage on YouTube of the Delaware & Hudson RR in the steam era has been scarce, and so this promotional outtake is a nice find:

“Preview of the JMJ Productions DVD entitled ‘Vintage Rails, Volume 1’ and containing excellent film content from the 1930’s [and 1940s, as shown by the presence of the line’s Challenger-class Mallets — P Wook] of Delaware & Hudson and Reading action. Available from moejmj@bellsouth.net

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJQ8GeQBRc0

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[20 August 2013]

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by Bodwyn Wook

This is the way the World looked when I was little…

..and, in fact, on 27 December 1948 which was two weeks and four days before I was born; and, below, more images of that old time now as long ago as Rome may be found at these Long Island Railroad history websites; needless to say, they were a subsidiary of the PRR and an outflank of the NYC and the Old New Haven line:

http://www.trainsarefun.com/

http://www.lirrhistory.com/

*****

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by Engineman Wook

This map by Mr Metzger although somewhat devoid of topographical features nonetheless gives an idea of the concentrated work done by the FCCA/CRP Beyer-Peacock 2-8-0s.  The Andes are an “oceanfront” range even more distinctly than the Himalayas looming over soaking Bangladesh, and so the climb up and down had to be accomplished, as you may see for yourselves, in a very short order indeed as the crow flies!
     Next, I hope to uncover a scale route profile for FCCA/CRP similar to those one sees of cut-away ranges, and track elevations through them, for the Big Boy and N&W and other “Pocahontas” carriers’ mountain routes, both Rocky and Appalachian.

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by Engineman Wook

This Frisco Steam Power Photo Archive link has interesting pictures:

http://thelibrary.org/lochist/frisco/friscoline/steam13.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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by Engineman Wook

N&W history link:
 
http://en.allexperts.com/e/n/no/norfolk_and_western_railway.htm

Also:

http://www.goldenspike.us/?page=shop/index&CLSN_1119=126447547711193f78c3af4c78c0982a
 
www.lugnet.net
 
http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=15346

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by Engineman Wook

The historical worth of the Norfolk & Western Railway still has to be established; most notably, it was the last largely steam-drawn railroad in the United States.  Especially in the history of an applied technology the N&W story needs to be more widely known, not least in light of the future possibility of revived American steam railroading. 
     A second steam age is very likely because as is well-known we do have so many reserves of coal.  The question then is one of developing the most efficient and, additionally, cleanly use of this fuel.  In this case there is much to be learned from (more…)

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