Modelling the N&W Y3 class (Page 1 of 3)

Choosing the Lifelike "Heritage" model of the Y3 class 2-8-8-2

written by Kim Thurlow
Norfolk and Western modeller and historian.

I apologise in advance for the presumption of writing about the N&W, as I have only seen the Lifelike model here in Australia early 2001. I have however, always taken a keen interest in this (and other) steam engine design. Major Lewis Ingles Jeffries first awoke my interest in the N&W engines with his 1980 publication "N&W: Giant of Steam". So the information contained here is given in good faith. I believe it to be substantially correct.

80 of the Y3 and 3a classes were built by the Norfolk and Western Railroad from 1919 and lasted 40 years in service. Beginning 1943, 19 of these engines were surplus and sold to other roads. I will describe the various build information later.


The model was originally released in early 2000, in both N&W and ATSF paint schemes which are correct.

As of January 2001, the model is being released in Virginian, N&W, and Union Pacific colors.

I will describe features for all users, which include N&W, ATSF RR, Pennsylvania RR, Union Pacific RR, and Virginian.

The N&W Y3 was basically a USRA standard design. Other roads also purchased these USRA locomotives with the same boiler diameter from Alco. These were the Clinchfield (Class L2), D&RGW (Class L-107) and the Northern Pacific (Class Z4) of which more later.

 

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PENNSYLVANIA RR

The following Norfolk and Western road numbers became Pennsy property. Classed as HH1's they were allocated to Enola enginehouse. After 1945, they moved west to work around Columbus, Ohio. During this period, some engines' pilots were changed to footboards for yard work

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* American Locomotive Co, (ALCO) Schenectady works. #2000 (PRR 373) was one Y3 modernised with the large bridge steam exhaust pipe between the front cylinders, as in the photo of 2011 above.

 

UNION PACIFIC RR

The Lifelike "Heritage" Y3 class 2-8-8-2 (2nd Release January 2001)
# 3671 and #3673

The following Norfolk and Western road numbers became UP property, and were first allocated to Butte, Montana. Later, they were used to handle coal trains out of Rock Springs, Wyoming. All were scrapped in 1948.

One of the engines (3673, ex 2041) sold to the UP, had the bridge steam piping between the front cylinders as in the photo of 2011 above. It is also possible that number 2030 (UP 3670) was one Y3 modernised with the large bridge steam pipe between the front cylinders.

 

VIRGINIAN RR

The Lifelike "Heritage" Y3 class 2-8-8-2 (2nd Release January 2001)
# 737 (ex ATSF 1792) and #739 (ex ATSF 1791)

 

The following Norfolk and Western road numbers became Virginian RR property after they were resold by the ATSF:

Interesting prototype information, elevations and cross sections plans, and photographs of the Y3 class are contained in the December 1999 and subsequent issues of Mainline Modeler magazine, published by Hundman Publishing Inc.

Two rather good articles on steam and early diesel operation on the N&W are contained in Trains magazine, October 2000, and March 2001 respectively.

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