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An LV Streamlined Class K6b Slideshow.
Lehigh Valley K6b Class No. 2097.
Lehigh Valley Class K6b 4-6-2 "Pacific" Steam Locomotive
The Lehigh Valley Railroad Class K6b consisted of twelve 4-6-2 "pacific"-type steam locomotives. Some of these units were built by Baldwin, and some by Alco Brooks. Three of these locomotives were streamlined in casings designed by Otto Kuhler in 1939 and 1940 to haul the Lehigh Valley's "Black Diamond" passenger train. Road numbers for the streamlined units were 2089, 2093, and 2097.
The Otto Kuhler-designed casings feature black and red valances and were trimmed with white pinstripes. All of the top hamper (domes, stack, safety valve stand) were encased in a narrow shroud that ended at the edge of the smokebox. The locomotive had a cone-shaped fairing that capped the front of the smokebox.
The firebox on these engines had a combustion chamber, and had axle loadings nearly four tons lighter than those of the K 5-1/2. They also had a 10,400 lb booster to increase the starting tractive effort. Lehigh Valley's Sayre shops converted two K-3s to K-6bs in June 1925 and August 1926; these had the two lowest road numbers of the class.
Lehigh Valley Class K6b Overview
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