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Departing Medfield Jct.

A local out of Framingham is headed for Walpole and Mansfield. The J-1 2-8-2s were the roads first "big" freight engines. Built in 1916, they were soon displaced by heavier 2-10-2s and 4-8-2s. Close overhead clearances at the time dictated the low-slung cab. Like their contemporary I-4 Pacifics, they were a well-balanced design, but they settled into secondary services. Whatever upgrades they received over the years did little to change their basic appearance, compared to the larger power.

Photographed by Wayne Brumbaugh, April, 1940.
Added to the photo archive by Ken Patton, April 15, 2023.
Railroad: New Haven.

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This is a great picture with a lot to see. Very utilitarian looking workhorse. Armstrong interlocking. Neat!

Posted by John Barlow on 2023-04-15 17:17:00

Wonderful photo. It's great to see the junction as it looked 80+ years ago.

Posted by Ron Mura on 2023-04-15 18:36:05

Beautiful picture Ken, thank you for posting!

Posted by Joe Minahan on 2023-04-16 07:04:37

This view shows rationalization of the Old Colony's Northern Division in process. The former Old Colony RR Northern Division was single tracked about 1937, likely the source of the diamond in the backgroud. The empty signal base in the foreground once held the Charles River Line eastward homeboard, Signal 21, one of 14 in June 1911.

Posted by John Mentzer on 2023-06-14 01:56:39

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