Dec 13, 2016
Wabash 1168A in yard by Philadelphia Quartz plant. Working as PRR
Kirk Hise Collection.
I think the Fs, and Es, had lovely lines that flowed, unlike the angular utilitarian boxes of today. Thanks again, Roger
I'll second that.
It's also nice to see Wabash pics. There weren't nearly enough photographs taken of the road, yet it was a great line! It just isn't fair.
Nice to see anything of them at all.
What occasioned the use of Wabash power on the PRR?
Was this just a temporary power shortage or was it done on a seasonal/annual basis?
Apparently this wasn't an isolated instance since this photo shows another Wabash F-unit coupled to a PRR F-unit at Columbus OH in '57:
I wonder how early in 1957 that is?
During the harvest of 1956 the PRR found it had been scrapping its modern steam power with excessive abandon. An excellent sugar beet harvest, among other things, soon outstripped their available power. That was when they leased several Texas types from the Santa Fe.
Surely that wasn't the only surplus power the road leased that autumn?
I was wondering the same...
Each year for many years the Bangor and Aroostook leased engines to the PRR. It's still talked about today among the BAR old timers.
The 1957 photo is credited as having been taken on July 4th.
What "modern" freight steam power did the PRR scrap during or prior to 1956?
You mean besides all of the T-1 class? Admittedly, they weren't good at freight, but no one can deny they were modern and they were gone. Are the L-1 and M-1 classes useful enough for you to consider modern, or do you reserve the term for power with two axle trailing trucks?
Wouldn't it be quicker to name the classes of which none had been scrapped as of January, 1956? Did the Pennsy have any class of steam engine still intact? The J-1, perhaps? Any others?
When were the T-1's used in freight service?
As far as being modern - or not - consider, perhaps, when the various classes of engines were designed/built.
They were designed for dual service from the beginning, just like every Northern ever built. They just weren't very good at it. Go look at YouTube; there are videos of them in freight service.
No steam locomotive is 'modern'. It's 2016. By 1956 standards pretty much everything built after World War I was considered modern enough for mainline service by 98% of the railroads in the country.
So they weren't just designed to replace pairs of K4's in passenger service?
Would you provide a link to any such videos?
Check the 1:22 mark.
There are more. But I have faith in your google fu.
Those are the head-end/express cars on a passenger train.
Look at the car just entering the frame on the left side at the 1:38 mark.