Did we have dinosaurs and monsters here in the local area? You betcha!!
The world’s largest locomotive, just now put back on the steam- the famous “Big Boy” of the Union Pacific Railroad with a wheel assignment of 4-8-8-4 and 132 feet long. Well guess what, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad can boast about their EM-1 clocking in at 125.8 feet depending on what tender they were using at the time.
132’ to 132’10”
125’ 3 5/8”
1,208,750 lbs. total weight
Built by American Locomotive Co
Built by Balwin Loco Works
They built 25
650-669 = 1944
670-679 = 1945
135,375 lbs. Tractive Effort
115,000 Tractive Power
This brute of a monster was so large, they could only use it from the Benwood, WV yards up to the Great Lakes pulling coal drags.
Yes, we have the Big Boy in HO brass and Lionel “O” gauge. As for the EM-1, it is in “O” gauge Lionel. All are in the train rooms on the third floor of the museum.
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