General Electric Diesel-Electric Locomotive, 1942

Summary

Lightweight 44 and 45-ton diesel-electric locomotives proved popular in industrial and yard switching duties. They were less expensive to operate than steam locomotives and could run on lightly-built track. This unit served a U.S. Navy ammunition depot in Charleston, South Carolina, during World War II. It later operated at a scrapyard in Ecorse, Michigan.

Lightweight 44 and 45-ton diesel-electric locomotives proved popular in industrial and yard switching duties. They were less expensive to operate than steam locomotives and could run on lightly-built track. This unit served a U.S. Navy ammunition depot in Charleston, South Carolina, during World War II. It later operated at a scrapyard in Ecorse, Michigan.

Artifact

Diesel-electric locomotive

Date Made

1942

Creators

General Electric Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Erie 

United States, New York, Schenectady 

Creator Notes

Manufactured in Erie, Pennsylvania for General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

93.27.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 12 ft

Width: 9.5 ft

Length: 28.25 ft

Inscriptions

Builders Plate: GENERAL ELECTRIC / DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE / CLASS B-B-100 / 100-2GE733/300 HP / NO. 15151 / DATE JAN. 1942 / SCHENECTADY, NY / MADE IN U.S.A.

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