• Proposed Norfolk & Western M3?

  • Discussion related to the Norfolk & Western, up to 1982. Also includes discussion of the Virginian Railway (1959); Wabash; Nickel Plate; Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway; Akron, Canton & Youngstown Raiload (all 1964); and the Illinois Terminal (1981).
Discussion related to the Norfolk & Western, up to 1982. Also includes discussion of the Virginian Railway (1959); Wabash; Nickel Plate; Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway; Akron, Canton & Youngstown Raiload (all 1964); and the Illinois Terminal (1981).
  by SantaFeEnjoyer
 
I have remembered reading some posts in the past about how a N&W M3 steam locomotive was proposed. I've read conflicting comments on if this proposed locomotive was meant to be a 4-8-0 Mastadon like the locomotives before it, or if it was proposed as a 2-10-0 decapod.

Does any one have any information on this?
  by CNJL
 
The N&W's 'M' Classes were Mastodons (4-8-0s), So they ought to be mastodons.
  by CNJL
 
also, I don't think that the N&W ever employed any decapods.
  by mp15ac
 
In the November/December 1990 issue of The Arrow, Volume 6, Number 6, there was an article by Tom Dressler about a proposed class M3 2-10-0, including drawings. N&W's logic for using the M3 designation probably arose from the Decapod having the same total number of wheels as the Mastodon.

Stuart