Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
Power for "The City of Memphis" at the wash rack circa 1947. NC&StL photo.
Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Streamlined 4-6-2 Pacific No. 535
NC&StL No. 535 was a K2-35 class Pacific locomotive originally built in 1913 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. The locomotive was streamlined and totally refurbished in 1946 by the railroad to pull their new "City of Memphis" passenger train between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.
The new streamlined train was called the "City of Memphis", with power provided by the old (but fast) 1913 Baldwin 4-6-2 Pacific No. 535 with 72" drivers, and now completely modernized and rebuilt with a new cast frame and cylinders, a large capacity 6-wheel truck tender, and a new streamlined shroud. Six heavyweight Pullman cars were completely stripped to the frame and then rebuilt with modern 6-wheel, roller-bearing trucks, air-conditioning, and modern interior styling. This was the first streamliner ever built in a southern railroad's own shops, which saved an incredible amount of money for the railroad, and it was also one of the last steam-powered streamliners ever built.
NC&StL No. 535 Overview
Type and Origin
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