Allegheny Steam Locomotive, 1941

Summary

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway's massive Allegheny, introduced in 1941, represents the peak of steam technology. Among the largest and most powerful steam locomotives ever built, it weighed 389 tons and could generate 7,500 horsepower. Just 11 years later, though, the C&O began pulling these giants from service. Diesel locomotives proved more flexible and less expensive.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway's massive Allegheny, introduced in 1941, represents the peak of steam technology. Among the largest and most powerful steam locomotives ever built, it weighed 389 tons and could generate 7,500 horsepower. Just 11 years later, though, the C&O began pulling these giants from service. Diesel locomotives proved more flexible and less expensive.

Artifact

Steam locomotive

Date Made

1941

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Transportation - Trains

Object ID

56.50.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.

Material

Steel

Color

Black (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 16.46 ft

Width: 11.17 ft

Length: 125 ft

Weight: 1200000 lbs

Inscriptions

builder's plate: 7821 / LIMA / LOCOMOTIVE WORKS / INCORPORATED / DECEMBER / 1941 marked in yellow in front: 1601 C AND O FOR PROGRESS marked in yellow each side of tender: CHESAPEAKE & OHIO marked in yellow in the rear: 25000 GALS / 25 TONS / 1601.

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