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Chicago and North Western Streamlined 4-6-2 Pacific No. 617.
C&NW Class E Superheated Streamlined 4-6-2 Pacific Steam Locomotive
In 1941 C&NW Class E Superheated 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives Nos. 617 and 620 were fitted with streamlined casing identical to that used on the E-4 Hudsons. The casing looked slightly bulkier on the 4-6-2's shorter wheelbase and added almost 8 tons of weight, however tractive effort was added when the boiler pressure was reset to 200 psi. These two locomotives were built to haul the road's famous "400" express passenger trains, but before they were ever delivered, the CNW management decided that using streamlined steam was taking a step backwards and ultimately decided to acquire new diesel-electric locomotives from the General Motors Electro-Motive Division. The two locomotives instead were assigned to service pulling the Minnesota 400 passenger train. Dissimilar to many of the other streamlined steam locomotives, the two engines continued to operate in full shrouds even after they were removed from the Minnesota 400 and placed in local passenger service. They were withdrawn from service in 1953 and scrapped.
C&NW Class E Superheated Streamlined 4-6-2 Overview
An E class Streamlined 4-6-2 Pacific of the Chicago and North Western Railway.
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