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LARGE ENGINES AS SHUNTERS
Norfolk and Western were among other roads with large articulated engines intended for a mainline, but used their engines as shunters/switchers as well as evidenced by the following You Tube video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=155&v=tEN_wUwzIIE

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LARGE ENGINES AS SHUNTERS
Pacific National in Australia has relegated 3000HP ex mainline units to shunting and transfer duties in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and most likely Sydney and Brisbane as well. There were two ex Victorian Railways C class ( mechanically the same as an SD40-2) hood units and a couple of 81 class (or a big 66 class)



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LEAVING FREIGHT CARS ON THE MAINLINE AT LOADING POINTS  
by  Bill Beech
A book about the Yancey Railroad describes some of the day-to-day operations in the WWI and 1920's time period, where they would indeed leave a freight car on the main for unloading by a nearby business, with the understanding that the business was to have the car unloaded or loaded and ready to go by train time tomorrow.  The car to be spotted would be put at the end of the train and just dropped in place and blocked there, then the train the next day would come along and push it back up the line. Clearly, problems were presented if the business did not complete those tasks in time and this did involve the pushing or pulling of the "drop" in front of the locomotive to get it to a place to form the train into a more conventional manner.   


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A SMALLER LOCO HAULING A BIGGER LOAD THAN A LARGE LOCO
South Australian Railways had two loco classes, the 800 class of 1956 and the 500 class (1964) both of which did shunting and transfer duties and some mainline duties in South Australia. The 800’s were mechanically similar to the English Electric Class 20’s while the 500’s were a home grown 500HP shunter using EE components, lighter and of 500HP but they could pull more tonnage in some areas than their older cousins and were rated by working timetable to do so.
So if one of your smaller locos can handle more than your mainline power, there is at least one prototype I know of!


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DIFFERENT BOGIES ON FREIGHT VEHICLES
In Australia, there were three bogie exchange centres where vehicles were left intact but gauge changed at those Break of Gauge stations so it was not unknown for a freight car to be for example South Australian with one Yellow Western Australian Railways bogie and a Blue New South Wales Railways bogie. Although the bogies were usually matched pairs. it was also possible for them to be of different types entirely.


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DIFFERENT BOGIES ON PASSENGER VEHICLES
South Australian Railways had a fleet of Railcars known as “Red Hens” on the suburban network which had two distinctive bogie types. After overhauls, it was common for these cars to have one bogie of each type as they were fully interchangeable.


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