ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO PUT AT&SF 3463 IN PERSPECTIVE
No less person that TRAINS Magazine Editor David P. Morgan writing in the November 1953 issue comments,
Last of the high-drivered Hudsons
"...that the higher the driving wheel the faster the engine. And yet the 84-inch driver, the biggest to gain any real popularity in this country, almost went out of vogue at the turn of the century, just when the full potentialities of high-speed steam locomotion were about to be explored. But then in something of a coincidence, the 84-inch driver returned 35 years later on the Hudsons of four railroads..."
Today, without exception, the 84-inch-drivered 4-6-4's are dead or doomed. Baltimore & Ohio's Lord Baltimore (Mount Clare, 1935) was scrapped in 1950. Milwaukee Road's six streamlined F-7's (Alco, 1937) went in 1952. Santa Fe's six 3460-class Hudsons (Baldwin 1937) are running out their last miles. And Chicago & North Western's nine streamlined E-4's the newest, most successful but least known of their breed, have felt either the searing cut of the torch..."
Continuing - TRAINS Editor David P Morgan in January 1953 writes specifically on the AT&SF 3460 series Hudson engines,
The Bluebird that pulled the Chief
"For all its stainless-steel speedliners and streamlined operations, the Santa Fe has indulged in only one truely streamlined steam locomotive. No. 3460, a 4-6-4 came from Baldwin trimmed with stainless steel and chrome. Its announced assignment was to pull the new Chief between Chicago and La Junta, Colorado, but through the war years it saw service on many lesser but longer mainliners."
"The Santa Fe has never been a road to scrimp when it built steam power, and No. 3460 and its five unstreamlined stable mates (No. 3463 included) live up to the road's reputation for big - and good - engines. They boast 84-inch drivers, the highest on the Santa Fe and a diameter equaled in this wheel arrangement by only the E-4's of the Chicago & North Western and the F-7's of the Milwaukee Road. Their 300-pound steam pressure was, when they were built, the highest to be confined in a staybolted boiler. Their over-all dimensions would give the New York Central, a road famous for the 4-6-4's and restricted clearances, the cold shivers."
Continuing - TRAINS Magazine editor David P Morgan writes in the January 1950 issue,
Most famous Hudson
"The citation of a single Hudson as the most famous 4-6-4 is a task that commends itself to intensive research. On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. Hudsons with seven-foot drivers have been credited with speeds in excess of 120 miles an hour..."
I WISH SOMEONE WOULD COMMUNICATE TO THE TOPEKA, KANSAS FOLKS - THAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE LAST TRUELY HEROIC STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IN AMERICA - THE REIGNING AND SURVIVING SPEED QUEEN OF AMERICAN RAILROADING! NO HISTORIC AMERICAN RAILROAD ENGINE WITH THIS HERITAGE AND HEROIC HIGH SPEED CAPABILITY EXISTS!
DO WE REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS VERY LAST ENGINE CUT UP AND DESTROYED BY A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT?