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10/1/1956 Richmond Indiana
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Roger_Hensley
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10/1/1956 Richmond Indiana
 
« on: Feb 12th, 2017, 8:35am »
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PRR 6468 Eastbound on the Pittsburgh-St Louis Main Line
While waiting for the day passenger train for a return inspection trip back to his home base in Anderson, IN, my father, who was track supervisor on the PRR's Richmond Branch snapped this slide of a Pennsy Class J-1 behemoth. The J-1 class was Juniata built, but copied from a C&O design. It lacks the belpaire firebox / boiler commonly found on other PRR steam locomotives, and sports a keystone smokebox number plate instead of the round number plates found on most other classes of PRR freight locomotives. According to Dad, the J-1 was a water hog; even with that big tender, it had to be watered frequently. Dad also said the J-1 class tended to stay on PRR Lines West in the twilight years of Pennsy steam. All Pennsy J-1's were scrapped; none survive.
Photo by Maynard Krug - Bob Krug Collection
 



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Re: 10/1/1956 Richmond Indiana
 
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Isn't she a handsome brute! I just love the J1's. I wish a reasonably priced N scale model was made.


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Roger - Henry- Lodge Members -
 
For those who are "tech junkies" about steam locomotive engineering, this suggested Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belpaire_firebox
 
It is too late to get thinking of the P R R design team about issues including why a Belpaire design not used on the J-1 types. Inferences  
about the Wiki item? The railroad attracted to a less costly build for firebox and boiler compared with Belpaire. Another inference? Kind and  
quality of preferred coal?
 
The number plate? That one appears easy. The J-1 power with the Passenger Dept. identity. So to infer? J-1 types designed for heavy  
trains of Mail and Express? Possibly Fast Merchandise movements (which more likely a Freight Dept. demand)?
 
.....................  Vern  ....................


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