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RailPictures.Net Photo: VGN 251 Virginian Railway Steam 0-8-0 at Princeton, West Virginia by Bob Drake [Collection of Tom Sink]

Net Photo: VGN 251 Virginian Railway Steam at Princeton, West Virginia by Bob Drake [Collection of Tom Sink]

"Blue Ridge Super Power" - The Virginian Railway was a small railroad built for one primary purpose, coal hauling operations. The railroad was exceptionally well designed and built and operated many large and high horsepower locomotives. One such locomotive was a virtual copy of the Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-6- Allegheny. Manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works, the Virginian called the type the Class AG 2-6-6-6  "Blue Ridge".

/i A Virginian Railway Class AG - one of the most powerful reciprocating steam locomotives ever built - hauls a coal drag from a Blue Ridge Mountain mine to the east coast of Virginia in the 18 print is signed by the artist.

Only one 2-8-8-8-4 was ever built, a Mallet-type for the Virginian Railway in 1916.[1] Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

a Mallet-type for the Virginian Railway in Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Virginian "Blue Ridge" class articulated steam locomotive.  Essentially identical to a C&O H-8 "Alleghany".

In 1944 the railroad acquired seven from the Lima Locomotive Works. Considered to be the heaviest locomotives ever produced.

Powerful Y3 class 2-8-8-2 locomotive manufactured by the Norfolk & Western at their Roanoke, VA shops. Seven surplus engines were sold to the Virginian in 1947. The tender however is classic Virginian.

Powerful class locomotive manufactured by the Norfolk & Western at their Roanoke, VA shops. Seven surplus engines were sold to the Virginian in The tender however is classic Virginian.

Big Boy Steam Locomotive | ... locomotives used to haul coal were reputablyeven larger than "Big Boy

Lima known as an Allegheny on the Chesapeke & Ohio RR or a Virginian on the Virginian Railway. Produced over 7000 drawbar horsepower under test. Possibly the heaviest steam locomotives ever built

#1171283 Baldwin Locomotive Works patent for the "tripex" steam locomotive. Four of these beasts were built. Three were purchased by Erie, The fourth was sold to the Virginian Railway. All of them had trouble maintaining steam pressure above 10 mph. Too many cylinders or not enough boiler depending on how you look at it. Apllication filed November 18th 1914 Granted February 8th 1916

#1171283 Baldwin Locomotive Works patent for the "tripex" steam locomotive. Four of these beasts were built. Three were purchased by Erie, The fourth was sold to the Virginian Railway. All of them had trouble maintaining steam pressure above 10 mph. Too many cylinders or not enough boiler depending on how you look at it. Apllication filed November 18th 1914 Granted February 8th 1916

The 2-6-6-6 (in Whyte notation) is an articulated locomotive type with 2 leading wheels, two sets of six driving wheels and six trailing wheels. Only two classes of the 2-6-6-6 type were built. One was the "Allegheny" class, built by the Lima Locomotive Works. The name comes from the loc's first service with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway beginning in 1941. The other was the "Blue Ridge" class for the Virginian Railway. These were the most powerful reciprocating steam locomotives build -USA

The 2-6-6-6 (in Whyte notation) is an articulated locomotive type with 2 leading wheels, two sets of six driving wheels and six trailing wheels. Only two classes of the 2-6-6-6 type were built. One was the "Allegheny" class, built by the Lima Locomotive Works. The name comes from the loc's first service with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway beginning in 1941. The other was the "Blue Ridge" class for the Virginian Railway. These were the most powerful reciprocating steam locomotives build -USA

Triplex mallet, 2-8-8-8-4, made by Baldwin for the Virginian Railroad.

Virginian steam engine - The very largest steam engine ever built. Trains today only have in comparison. Sadly its top speed was barely 5 mph because it could not make steam fast enough to power that many drivers.

Virginian Railway steam locomotive postcard for sale on eBay

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Virginian Railway steam locomotive postcard for sale on eBay

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