Where did the "Big Apples" get their nickname?

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I've been searching for the origin of the "Big Apple" nickname given to the CofG's 4-8-4 steam locomotives. In Prince's book on the Central, he notes that they were nicknamed Big Apples by crews on the western end of the road but I haven't seen a reason why they were given this name. Any clues?

Russell Lynn Vice-President, CGRHS

-- Russell Lynn (rlcofg@msn.com), July 06, 2003

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