Norfolk & Western’s Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr,
Norfolk & Western’s Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr,
Norfolk & Western’s Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr,
Norfolk & Western’s Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr,
Norfolk & Western’s Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr,

Norfolk & Western’s Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr,

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Norfolk & Western’s Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr,
 
Norfolk & Westerns Y-Class Articulated Steam Locomotives by Thomas W Dixon Jr, Karen Parker & Gene Huddleston
Hard Cover
128 pages
Copyright 2009
CONTENTS
Foreword and Introduction5
Background7
The Norfolk & Western15
Norfolk & Western Freight Locomotives21
Development of the Y-Class 2-8-8-225
The Z Class 2-6-6-2s31
The Y2 and Y2a Classes33
The Y3 and Y3a Classes45
The Y4 Class61
The Y5 Class67
The Y6 Class 79
The Y6a Class99
The Y6b Class107
The Wandering Y's125
Bibliography   128
FOREWORD & INTRODUCTION
This book is a remaking/enlarging/rewriting of a book originally published by TLC in 1993 under the title Norfolk & Western's Magnificent Mallets - The Y- Class 2-8-8-2s, written by William E. Warden. Unfortunately, Bill died just a few years after the release of that 64-page soft-bound book. It proved to be a popular book, so we have taken Bill's work and updated it with a great deal of additional material, new photos, and other information that we think will enhance the history of these interesting steam locomotives.
We believe that Bill's work was significant for N&W fans and for steam fans and historians in general because it highlighted a type and class of locomotive that represents the best in design and concept among the huge variety of compound articulated locomotives operated on American railroads from 1904 until the end of steam.
Norfolk & Western gets great press in steam locomotive history, and is often hailed as steam's best (as well as its last) practitioner. A great practitioner it certainly was. Not satisfied with simply designing and specifying what was wanted in its steam locomotives and then contracting with the various commercial builders to construct the machines to those designs, it went a step further and built a large number of its locomotives almost from scratch at its Roanoke, Virginia, shops. In fact, it built all its new locomotives after 1927. Of the N&W Yl through Y6b classes of 2-8-8-2 compounds, some were built by American Locomotive Company, and some by Baldwin Locomotive Works, but most were built by Roanoke Shops.
In the later years of N&W steam operation, three classes were often hailed at the apogee of the reciprocating steam locomotive in America: the J class 4-8-4, the A Class 2-6-6-4 simple articulated, and the Y6/Y6a/ Y6b Classes 2-8-8-2 compound articulateds. This book is intended to give a general overview of the 2-8-8-2 compound articulated on the N&W and set it in the context of its times.
This work is a cooperative effort among myself, Gene Huddleston and Karen Parker, based on Bill Warden's original concept, but using his original text only as an outline for the present work. Thomas W. Dixon, Jr.
June 2009


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