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HNWR030

FILES

HNWR030.jpg

Dublin Core

Title

HNWR030

Description

Locomotive No. 1212 pulls a load in a scene of the past: a steam engine at work. The N&W was the last major American railroad to abandon the steam engine in favor of the diesel engine. The designers and engineers of the N&W developed the steam locomotive to its highest potential. As one observer noted about the N&W and steam, "No one taught them anything. They were the ones that wrote the book". The last steam engine produced by N&W was a switcher engine that rolled out of the Roanoke Shops in December 1953. After 70 years of steam engines, N&W began buying diesel engines in 1955.

Creator

unknown

Source

Images of Rail: Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris

Date

unknown

Contributor

Nelson Harris; Virginia Museum of Transportation

Rights

Please contact the Virginia Room at 540.853.2073 for permission to use.

Format

Digital tiff

Type

Still Image

Identifier

HNWR030

Citation

unknown, “HNWR030,” Virginia Room Digital Collection, accessed May 28, 2024, http://www.virginiaroom.org/digital/document/HNWR030.