A hard charging Berkshire with a southbound time freight arrives in terminus, pulling past Terminal Station on the Mountain Division Line. This was the newest class of locomotive on the Bluefield until a couple of Norfolk and Western class As and a J showed up to help out with heavy high speed assignments. These Berkshires were mostly used for high priority mail and express and perishable trains. Later on, the Js took over the mail and express, leaving the Berks to haul high priority freight. The Bluefield Berkshires were slippery engines, but a well seasoned engineer could get good work out of one. The railroad also leased several Berkshires from the Nickel Plate, ever purchasing two of them when the NKP dieselized.
One of two P5 Pacifics painted dark blue for the Bluefield Flyer, 2900 departs Williams Ridge in early April of 1945. She has just undergone a rebuilding in which she had added an elesco feedwater heater along with other modernizations. Although she was the lowest numbered P5 on the roster, she was at this point the most modern. The rebuilding and added modernizations raised her tractive effort from 46,892 lbs to 47,500 lbs.
Division regular, number 777, storms through the town of Williams Ridge with a through train of reefers in the late 1940s. A heavy Mikado switches the quarry on the other side of the depot.
In this nighttime photo, 2103 sits alongside a Bluefield P4 Pacific and a class M Mikado, the night before her trial runs were to begin. Eventually, The Big 4-8-4 was deemed to long the drivers too big for the Bluefield. After her trials, she was stored temporarily at Mount Frigid before being returned to the Reading.
In 1946, The Bluefield was considering its options for adding to its fleet of modern steam power for freight service and decided to borrow...
In this striking color slide, a brand new 777 has just been delivered to the Mount Frigid Engine Terminal from her birth place in Lima ...
This view was taken from atop a factory that bordered the Terminus railroad gulch area. Once again we see two passenger trains at the Term...