Pups and coal

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Pups and coal

Postby nydepot » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:22 pm

Were the pups used mainly on the front of trains, in a 3 to 5 unit configuration, with nothing on the endor did they use them on the end on branches with a grade. I'm looking at lines in the coal fields, not general switching on flat lines. Thanks.

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Re: Pups and coal

Postby OvidPete » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:19 pm

I suggest that you look at "Lehigh Valley in Color Vol III" p 81for a photo of 4 pups on the head end of a coal train on the Easton and Northern Branch. "Lehigh Valley in Color Vol IV" p84 shows 4 pups on the head end of a coal train at Black Creek Jct on the Hazelton Branch . Also "Lehigh Valley Railroad, The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions" by Mike Bednar chapter 3 has photos of Pups on the front of coal trains around Hazelton etc.
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Re: Pups and coal

Postby BR&P » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:05 pm

So you are actually asking if pups were ever (or often) used as pushers?
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Re: Pups and coal

Postby nydepot » Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:57 am

I have those books and know how many pups were on the head end of coal trains, hence my 3-5 comment. There are tons of photos online too plus all the videos I have.

As BR&P says, did they ever need a push on heavy trains? I found a Mike Bednar comment where he talks about pups leading a train and it needing a push out on the Cement lines.
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