Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wabash Railroad 4-4-s Atlantic type passenger service steam locomotive # 611 at Delray Michigan. (Detroit area.) August 4th, 1921.

I found this classic 1920's era steam locomotive photograph from the Wabash Railroad at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your computer screen at

One of the first purpose built high speed passenger type locomotives that appeared on American railroads during the late 1800's and early 1900's era, was the tall driving wheeled 4-4-2 Atlantic type steam locomotives. These locomotives were originally used on crack limited mainline long distance passenger trains. As passenger car construction switched from wood to steel, these locomotives were eventually underpowered, and replaced by larger and heavier steam locomotives on their original assignments.

The 4-4-2 Atlantic type steam locomotives eventually were placed in to commuter train operations, as well as short secondary, local or connecting passenger train services, which they were better suited for. Some railroads like the Illinois Central and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy...had modified some of theirs with shorter driving wheels, and ended their working days pulling branchline freight trains.

Wabash locomotive # 611 built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1904, is viewed simmering away at Delray Michigan near the city of Detroit between runs on August 4th, 1921.

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