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4-8-4 J-3s

Also built by Alco, and incorporating many "lessons learned" and design features of the earlier, highly successful J2's, numbers 570 - 579 went into service during the summer of 1942. These ten were classed J3-57, and were very quickly called a "Yellow Jacket," as they possessed a semi-stream style fairing over the drivers painted with a broad yellow band that extended along the sides of the tender. 

They were quickly followed by ten more in 1943 and 1944, numbers 580 - 589.  These ten came minus the semi-stream fairing and broad yellow band. This being viewed as too plain, they received a narrow yellow stripe from the pilot, along the running board, to the sides of the tender. This earned them the "Stripe" nickname. 

Equipped with roller bearings on all axles, cast steel frames, and enormous capacity 6-wheel truck tenders, these locomotives were workhorses during World War II.  They served between Nashville and Atlanta during World War II, with their territory extended west to Memphis after the war.


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