RailPictures.Net Photo: LN 2214 Louisville & Nashville Steam 4-6-2 at Corbin, Kentucky by Collection of Ron Flanary
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» 1935
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This graphic depiction of a calamity of railroading was scanned from a small snap shot taken by an unknown person in the ‘30s. The location is the Louisville & Nashville’s yard at Corbin, KY—a key terminal for the eastern Kentucky coalfields and also a division point on the Cincinnati to Atlanta main line. The engine shown here is L&N 2214, a 1914 product of the company’s own shops at South Louisville. The K-4A Pacific—one of four in this class—was assigned for most of its career to the Knoxville & Atlanta Division (she would be retired and scrapped in 1951). These engines normally handled local passenger trains or mail and express sections of the Midwest-Florida trains on the route. The K&A was equipped with ATC (Automatic Train Control) between Corbin and Etowah, TN, requiring all locomotives to be equipped with ATC gear. The control box can just barely be seen between the engine’s sand and steam domes. So, what happened here? I would say he was backing up thru the diverging side of a turnout. The switch point broke under the movement and the tender rolled the stock rail outward. The engine followed and you see the result. It’s going to be at least a four to six hour job once the wrecker reaches working pressure, arrives on site, and gets blocked up to make a lift. A small army of track workers is already trying to shore things up so the 2214 doesn’t topple on over. Finally, the engine has obviously just received Class repairs at the Corbin backshop, and she’s all blinged out with striped driver tires, burnished rods and lots of silver trim. Once the master mechanic hears about the derailment of the 2214, he’ll likely throw a major cuss fit. Much of his crew’s hard work will now have to be redone. Such is life on the railroad.
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