Norfolk and Western Class F, No. 186—Roanoke Machine Works—November, 1888

This 2-8-0 Class F Consolidation type locomotive No. 186 was built by the Roanoke Machine Works of the N&W in 11-1888, and shown at Roxboro, N.C. in 1908 on the former Lynchburg and Durham Railroad. The consolidation was the most popular freight type locomotive ever built, and they were main line freight power at the turn of the century for many railroads. The two-man locomotive and four-man freight crews are shown alongside the locomotive, preparatory to commencement of a day's work on a local freight train. Note the wooden coal board extension along the sides of the coal space of the tender, to enable longer operation without going back to the terminal for additional coal.

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