• 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.)