The Y6b was known as the Workhorse of the N&W. Starting with locomotive #2120 in 1936, the Y6 class would become the final refinement of the 2-8-8-2 design. The model Y6b would be the epitome of the compound Mallet (Malley) development. With the completion of locomotive #2200 in 1952, this Y6b would become the last mainline US manufactured steam locomotive produced.
The Y6b had a starting tractive effort in simple configuration of 152,206 pounds. While in the compound mode, a tractive effort of 126,838 was achieved. These locomotives delivered 5,500 horsepower, a substantial bit of power indeed. The Y6b locomotive engine weight was 582,900 pounds with 522,850 pounds directly on the drivers.
When the N&W ceased their mainline steam operations in the summer of 1959, 50 of the Y6s were still running out serviceable miles in the coal fields waiting for the final order of diesels to replace them. The last of the Class Ys were retired in the summer of 1960.
- NEW Paragon3 Sound & Operation System FEATURING ROLLING THUNDERTM with Authentic Sounds and Prototypical Operation in both DC and DCC environments
- Factory Installed Engineer / Fireman Figures
- Synchronized Puffing Smoke with each Chuff
- Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and Timing
- Locomotive Composition: Die Cast Body with Die Cast Chassis
- Couplers: (2) Operating Kadee or Compatible
- Compatible Tracks: Code 83 and 100 Rail
- Equipped with Traction Tires
- Minimum Operating Radius: 18 in or greater
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