Wednesday, 4 June 2014

KETTLE VALLEY CONSOLIDATIONS PART 1

The name "Consolidation"  is applied to a locomotive with a eight driving wheels, a single axle pony truck and without a trailing truck; thus a 2-8-0 (pronounced two-eight-oh).  These Locomotives abounded on the Kettle Valley till the end of steam.  They were the backbone of the fleet.  There were three classes of them and then some variations within each class.  We present here some information on them as an aid to modelers.  This post is by no means exhaustive but it "just grew" as our various resources were consulted to the point that another two-part treatment was necessary.  Here we will discuss some of the early Consolidations with a view to modeling them in HO and N scales.  We must ignore the earliest locomotives of this wheel arrangement on which the author has no information.