RailPictures.Net Photo: ACE 614-T Untitled Steam 4-8-4 at Hinton, West Virginia by Ron Flanary
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Steam 4-8-4 (more..)
CW Cabin (more..)
Hinton, West Virginia, USA (more..)
January 25, 1985
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ACE 614-T (more..)
Ron Flanary (more..)
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I was scanning some old slides this morning, and found this one from late January 1985. This was a test to examine the feasibility of constructing a modern, coal-fired steam locomotive. I'll spare everyone the details, but obviously Ross Rowland's American Coal Enterprises concept (or "ACE") went nowhere. But for a solid month, ex-Chesapeake & Ohio Greenbrier-type number 614 (renumbered 614-T, for "test") pulled coal trains between Charleston and Hinton, WV. On this trip, the engine has run out of coal---completely--at CW Cabin (the west end of Hinton yard). The dispatcher had them drop their train back around the curve, so she's slowly moving to the engine terminal on her remaining steam pressure. The sun has already fallen behind the hills---and my companion, David DeVault, and I were freezing our rears off. I can remember my teeth chattering while I fumbled to find the best exposure settings on my Nikon in the dismal conditions. Photographing a flat black steam locomotive in gathering darkness was more than film could handle. That helps explains the poor quality of the shot. But---it was amazing to see a full sized main line steam locomotive in regular freight service again, something neither of us had seen since the late '50s. It was the real deal---albeit a brief return to the past.
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