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» Interstate (more..)
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» Andover Engine Terminal 
» Andover, Virginia, USA (more..)
» 1951
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» INT 14 (more..)
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» Collection of Ron Flanary (more..)
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The hometown Interstate Railroad was known for owning a rather eclectic fleet of steam locomotives--some bought new, but most second hand acquisitions from here and there. A prime example was 2-8-2 number 14, shown on the turntable at Andover about 1951. The engine was acquired from the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad Company in December 1948 (one of two, the other being number 15)--an L-1 class Mike built at the company's Altoona (PA) Works in 1914. Except for painting and re-lettering, the only modification was a new cast "14" number plate from the front of the smoke box. I was not quite six years old, but I remember riding with my father and being stopped at the US 23 grade crossing in Appalachia, where the old main line of the IRR headed for Norton. The wig-wag of the Magnetic Flagman crossing signal alerted us that a train was approaching. Dad could have easily beaten the slow-moving drag of empty hoppers, but he knew his train-crazy son wanted to see the smoke-belching monster doing the pulling. It was the 14---and I'll always remember it only because it looked so out of place in Appalachia, VA, and I remember that round number plate with "14" in yellow-gold on a background of Chinese red. Within a month all the remaining Interstate steamers would be retired, and replaced by bright orange, cream and gray Alco RS-3s. But thanks to Hank Stuart (who was using his recently acquired Crown Graphic 4X5, purchased by the railroad company for his use), we have this splendid portrait of number 14---after shop work and a full repaint. It appears she hasn't even been fired up yet, and her coal bunker is empty. Oh....and those white-trimmed driver and pony truck tires would NEVER do on the ultra-conservative PRR--"The Standard Railroad of the World"!
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