• B&M R1 Mountain

  • Discussion of steam locomotives from all manufacturers and railroads
Discussion of steam locomotives from all manufacturers and railroads

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  by Allen Hazen
Engineer Spike--
O.k., that makes sense: B&M didn't have enough diesels to cover everything when they sold most of the R1 to B&O, so kept the newest ones to use. (And maybe, by the time they were ready to release their last R1, the B&O was no longer interested in second-hand steam. The B&O was a fairly "early adopter" of diesels -- they had early switchers, the first EMD E units, and some FT -- and probably kept using steam as long as they did (1958, I think) only because they didn't have the money to by replacement diesels. So there may have been only a short period when they thought it was worth while to buy cheap steam to tide them over until they could afford more diesels.)
  by Engineer Spike
One point that I filed to mention was that, which what ever inadequacies they had, the R1 design was copied. Lehigh and Hudson River bought some too. The L&HR fleet came during the war. At the time proven designs were all that was allowed. Furthermore, if B&M wasn't satisfied, they wouldn't have gone trough four batches, which were delivered on the odd numbered years between 1935, and 1941.

In the end, they were not able to keep up the pace of wartime traffic.Especially on the mountainous Fitchburg Division. The other handicap was the need for steam power to bank their fires, then get towed through the tunnel, then build up the fire on the opposite end. This lead to the government allocating the purchase of a fairly large FT fleet.
  by Marty Feldner
The three L&HR 'war baby' 10-class were R-1d copies (with several very small detail differences) from 1944. Baldwin builder's photos...