by Emmett Smith
This YouTube “Tribute To The Chesapeake & Ohio” by SLSF1522 (Ryan Marrs) is a real find, complete with Johnny Cash singing “Hey Porter!”
As you know, we’ve spent a lot time here bellyaching about the curious absence of any film footage anywhere in the internet of the Allegheny locomotive, The Allegheny 2-6-6-6 was the most powerful if not the heaviest articulated steam giant built in America. But Ryan Marrs’s still-photo montage shows plenty of the C & O “big iron,” including the Allegheny and a load of other true Mallet-type compound engines…before drawing the curtain on today’s C & O diesel electric power.
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 15 April 2009]