|Lack of speed
of the earlier Y classes on the N&W was a concern. Steam
in the low pressure cylinders at the front, (the front engine),
was not being exhausted efficiently, thus creating back pressure.
Roanoke works decided to redesign the front engine on the new
Y5, with a larger diameter exhaust outlet, thus creating a distinctive
large bridge pipe between the two front cylinders.
later to become 2111 in a renumbering.
| 2097 was
built in the Roanoke workshops of the N&W Rlwy in 1930 during
the height of the depression. This picture graphically illustrates
the skills required to drive one of these brutes. Note the air
flow hatches in the roof top, and the coal feed tunnel bisecting
the floor (footplate).
|| 2100 was
built in Roanoke shops in 1931. The frames were fabricated (as
opposed to cast). In 1940, all the Y5 class were modernised with
cast beds and roller bearings. This photo was taken when new.
Unlike earlier Y class engines, the Y5 were built with the massive
bridge steam pipe between the front cylinders, clearly seen here.
2100 later became 2115.