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New York, Ontario & Western NW2 No. 117.

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New York, Ontario & Western NW2 No. 117.

EMD NW2 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The EMD NW2 is a 1,000 hp (750 kW), B-B switcher locomotive manufactured by General Motors Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois. The NW2 was manufactured from February 1939 to December 1949, and 1145 were produced – 1121 for the U.S., and 24 were exported to Canada. Starting in late 1948 the NW2s were manufactured in EMD's Plant No. 3 in Cleveland, Ohio. The 1,000 hp (750 kW) was achieved by using a 12-cylinder, model 567, and later, a model 567A engine. In addition, 3 TR cow-calf paired sets, 36 TR2 cow-calf paired sets, and 2 TR3 cow-calf-calf sets were produced. The TR sets were built prior to World War II and the TR2 and TR3 sets were built postwar.

Identification
Distinguishing features include two stacks in the middle of the hood, a half-height radiator grille, no sand box on the front platform, and no small louvers at the top front corners of the sides of the hood. The predecessor of the NW2 was the NW1. The "N" in NW1 stands for the nine in nine hundred hp (670 kW). The "W" in both models stands for welded frame.

Original owners
NW2

Quantity:  Road numbers:  Remarks: 
Appalachicola Northern Railroad
Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  701–704

Arkansas and Louisiana Missouri Railway
Quantity:  1
Road number:  10

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Quantity:  15
Road numbers:  2353–2367
Remarks:  Renumbered 2403–2417.

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Quantity:  6
Road numbers:  601, 603, 605, 611, 613, 615
Remarks:  600,611,613,615 Renumbered 600-602,604, 600-605 to Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 20-25.

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Quantity:  49
Road numbers:  400–408, 550–589
Remarks:  Renumbered 9500–9508, 9542-9551, 9512–9541.

Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad
Quantity:  3
Road numbers:  409–411
Remarks:  Renumbered 9509–9511.

Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  800–803
Remarks:  Renumbered 20–23.

Boston and Maine Railroad
Quantity:  14
Road numbers:  1200–1213

Canadian National Railways
Quantity:  20
Road numbers:  7936–7945, 7956–7965

Central of Georgia Railway
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  20, 25
Remarks:  renumbered 1016-1017.

Central Railroad of New Jersey
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  1060–1061

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway

Quantity:  41
Road numbers:  1850–1856, 5200–5213, 5060–5079
Remarks:  1850-1856 renumbered 9558-9564.

Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Quantity:  6
Road numbers:  119–124
Remarks:  119 renumbered 125, 120-125 renumbered 1029-1034, then 1029, 1033, 1034 to Louisville & Nashville 2207-2209.

Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  250–251
Remarks:  250 to Acme-Newport Steel 2, 251 to Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific 300.

Chicago Great Western Railway
Quantity:  17
Road numbers:  16–31, 42
Remarks:  to Chicago and North Western Railway 16-31, 42, 16-30, 42 renumbered 1017-1020, 1022–1032, 1016, 1033, 31 to East Camden & Highland 61.

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Quantity:  46
Road numbers:  9203–9248
Remarks:  to Burlington Northern 500-545.

Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway (“Monon”)
Quantity:  7
Road numbers:  DS-1, DS-2, DS-3, 14–17
Remarks:  DS-1, DS-2, DS-3 renumbered 11–13.

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (“Milwaukee Road”)
Quantity:  8
Road numbers:  1647–1654
Remarks:  Renumbered 665–672.

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Quantity:  10
Road numbers:  765–774

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway
Quantity:  1
Road number:  70
Remarks:  to Chicago and North Western Railway 70.

Colorado and Southern Railway
Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  150–153

Conemaugh and Black Lick Railroad
Quantity:  3
Road numbers:  100–102

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
Quantity:  5
Road numbers:  461–465
Remarks:  to Erie Lackawanna Railroad 441-445.

Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Quantity:  1
Road number:  7000
Remarks:  Renumbered 100.

Detroit Terminal Railroad
Quantity:  11
Road numbers:  104–112, 114–115

Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad
Quantity:  7
Road numbers:  910–916

Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Quantity:  40
Road numbers:  403–407, 409–443.

Electro-Motive Division (demonstrator)
Quantity:  1
Road numbers:  889
Remarks:  to Union Pacific 1000.

Erie Railroad
Quantity:  27
Road numbers:  401–427
Remarks:  to Erie Lackawanna 401-427.

Fort Worth and Denver City Railway
Quantity:  3
Road numbers:  603, 605–606

Fort Worth Belt Railway
Quantity:  1
Road number:  2
Remarks:  to Missouri Pacific Railroad 1020.

Georgia Railroad
Quantity:  5
Road numbers:  901–905

Grand Trunk Western Railroad
Quantity:  24
Road numbers:  7900–7914, 7966–7974
Remarks:  7974 built as Central Vermont Railway 7974.

Great Northern Railway
Quantity:  51
Road numbers:  5302–5331, 5334-5336, 145–162
Remarks:  5302–5336 renumbered 102–135, to Burlington Northern 459-499.

Illinois Central Railroad
Quantity:  17
Road numbers:  9150–9166
Remarks:  Renumbered 1000–1016.

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
Quantity:  78
Road numbers:  8715–8739, 8774–8802, 8811–8834
Remarks:  8715 to Peoria & Eastern 8907 (2nd), 8797 to New York Central 8926 (2nd) then Penn Central 8926, 8794, 8795, 8792-8802 to New York Central same numbers, then to Penn Central same numbers.

Indiana Northern Railway
Quantity:  1
Road number:  100
Remarks:  to NJI&I 2, then Wabash 353, then N&W 3353.

Jacksonville Terminal
Quantity:  7
Road numbers:  30–36

Kansas City Southern Railway
Quantity:  32
Road numbers:  1100–1102, 1125–1126, 1200–1226
Remarks:  1125–1126, 1212-1221 were Louisiana & Arkansas.

Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway
Quantity:  1
Road number:  1001
Remarks:  to Texas & Pacific Railroad 1027.

Lake Champlain and Moriah Rail Road
Quantity:  1
Road number:  19

Lake Superior Terminal and Transfer Railway
Quantity:  5
Road numbers:  100–104

Lake Terminal Railroad
Quantity:  20
Road numbers:  1001–1020

Lehigh Valley Railroad
Quantity:  7
Road numbers:  180–186

Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Quantity:  5
Road numbers:  2240–2244
Remarks:  Renumbered 2215–2219.

Manistee and Northeastern Railway
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  2–3
Remarks:  to Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 5297-5298.

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  80–81

Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  D-139, D-740
Remarks:  Renumbered 100, 101 to Chicago & North Western Ry 100, 201, renumbered 1036, 1021.

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (“Soo Line”)
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  300, 301

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Wisconsin Central Railway)
Quantity:  1
Road number:  2108

Missouri Pacific Railroad
Quantity:  3
Road numbers:  9104–9106
Remarks:  9104, 9106 renumbered 1021, 1022.

Missouri-Illinois Railroad
Quantity:  1
Road number:  51
Remarks:  to Missouri Pacific Railroad 1028.

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
Quantity:  5
Road numbers:  1026–1030
Remarks:  Renumbered 7–11.

Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Quantity:  5
Road numbers:  20–23, 25
Remarks:  25 renumbered 19; to Louisville and Nashville Railroad 2119-2123, renumbered 2210-2214.

New York Central Railroad
Quantity:  57
Road Numbers:  8700–8714, 8740–8773, 8803–8810
Remarks:  8705-8714, 8740-8749 were Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, 8700-8704, 8750-8773, 8803-8810 to Penn Central same numbers.

New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (“Nickel Plate Road”)
Quantity:  16
Road numbers:  7–22

New York, Ontario and Western Railway
Quantity:  21
Road numbers:  111–131
Remarks:  115 to Northern Pacific Railway 99, 111-113 to Unadilla Valley Railway 111-113, then to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific 795-797, remainder to New York Central Railroad 9500-9516, renumbered 8683-8699, to Penn Central 8683-8699.

Northern Pacific Railway
Quantity:  6
Road numbers:  101–106
Remarks:  102-106 to Burlington Northern 450-458.

Pennsylvania Railroad
Quantity:  32
Road numbers:  3909, 5921–5925, 9155–9176, 9247–9250
Remarks:  3909 renumbered 5912, then 5912 renumbered 8677, 5921-5925 renumbered 8651-8654, 8678, 9155-9176 renumbered 8655-8676, 9247-9250 renumbered 8647-8650, then 8647-8768 to Penn Central 8647-8679.

Peoria and Pekin Union Railway
Quantity:  6
Road numbers:  400–405

Pere Marquette Railway
Quantity:  14
Road numbers:  51–64
Remarks:  to Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 5275-5278, 5280-5282, 9565, 5284-5289.

Phelps Dodge Corporation, Lavender Pit
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  1–2
Remarks:  to Morenci Mine 1 (2nd), 2 (2nd).

Phelps Dodge Corporation, Morenci Mine
Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  5–8

Phelps Dodge Corporation, New Cornelia Branch Mine
Quantity:  7
Road numbers:  1–5, 3 (second) 4 (second)
Remarks:  1, 2, 3 (1st), 4 (1st) to Morenci Mine 1-4, Morenci Mine 1, 2 returned to New Cornelia Branch 1, 2, Morenci Mine 3, 4 then to Lavender Pit 3, 4, then returned to New Cornelia Branch 3 (third), 4 (third), 5 to Lavender Pit 5, returned to New Cornelia Branch 5.

Philadelphia, Bethlehem and New England Railroad
Quantity:  8
Road numbers:  219, 222–225, 26–28
Remarks:  219, 222–225 renumbered 21–25.

Reading Company
Quantity:  8
Road numbers:  90–92, 100–104

Republic Steel Corporation
Quantity:  1
Road number:  D-815

River Terminal Railway
Quantity:  1
Road number:  60

Seaboard Air Line Railroad
Quantity:  7
Road numbers:  1406–1412
Remarks:  1406–1407, 1409-1412 to Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 31-36.

Southern Railway
Quantity:  69
Road numbers:  2200–2204, 2206–2207, 2233–2284, 6050–6056, 6850, 6851, 8560
Remarks:  6050-6056 were Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific, 6850-6851 were New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, 8560 was St. Johns River Terminal, 2235 renumbered 6504, then 2200-2204, 2206, 2207, 2233, 2234, 2236–2284, 6050-6056, 6504, 6850, 6851, 6560 renumbered 1018-1086.

Southern Pacific Company
Quantity:  50
Road numbers:  1310–1319, 1403–1425, 72–88
Remarks:  72-88 were Texas & New Orleans, 1310–1319, 72-88, 1403-1425 renumbered 1904-1953.

Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway
Quantity:  3
Road numbers:  40–42
Remarks:  to Burlington Northern 593–595.

St. Louis Southwestern Railway

Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  1050–1053
Remarks:  Renumbered to 1900-1903.

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
Quantity:  16
Road numbers:  250–265

Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad
Quantity:  3
Road numbers:  900–902

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
Quantity:  17
Road numbers:  551–567

Texas and Pacific Railway
Quantity:  20
Road numbers:  1000–1019

Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway
Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  51–54

Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend Railroad
Quantity:  1
Road numbers:  52

Union Pacific Railroad
Quantity:  95
Road numbers:  1001–1095

Union Railroad
Quantity:  20
Road numbers:  536–555

United States Navy, Fallbrook Naval Ammunition Depot
Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  1–4

United States Navy, Hawthorne, Nevada
Quantity:  1
Road number:  44

Wabash Railroad
Quantity:  3
Road numbers:  350–352
Remarks:  to Norfolk and Western Railway 3350–3352, 3350 to Des Moines Union Railway 7.

West Virginia Northern Railroad
Quantity:  2
Road numbers:  50–51

Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
Quantity:  4
Road numbers:  D-1–D-4
Remarks:  to New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad 95-98, NKP 95-97 then to Wabash 347-349, NKP 98 to Des Moines Union 5, WAB 347 then to Des Moines Union Railway 6, 348-349 to Norfolk & Western 3348-3349.

Wheeling Steel Company
Quantity:  1
Road number:  1251

Total: 1,145

EMD TR

Illinois Central Railroad
Quantity:  3 sets
Road numbers:  9203AB–9205AB
Remarks:  renumbered 1026AB-1027AB, 1075, 1235.

TR2 (cow-calf)

Electro-Motive Division (demonstrator)
Quantity:  1 set
Road numbers:  912AB
Remarks:  to CB&Q 9400AB, rebuilt to NW2's, to Burlington Northern 546-547.

Belt Railway of Chicago
Quantity:  2 sets
Road numbers:  500AB, 501AB
Remarks:  renumbered 500, 510, 501, 511.

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Quantity:  13 sets
Road numbers:  9401AB–9413AB
Remarks:  rebuilt to NW2's, to Burlington Northern 548-573.

Chicago and North Western Railway
Quantity:  2 sets
Road numbers:  2000AB, 2001AB
Remarks:  2000A, 2001A renumbered 1009, 1010, 2000B, 2001B to slugs BU-4, BU-5.

Chicago Great Western Railroad
Quantity:  9 sets
Road numbers:  58AB–66AB
Remarks:  to Chicago & North Western 58AB-66AB, 58A-61A, 63A-65A renumbered 1035, 1000, 1034, 1011, 1015, 1013, 1014, 58B-61B, 63B-65B renumbered 1106, 1107, 1105, 1101, 1104, 1102, 1103.

Illinois Central Railroad
Quantity:  3 sets
Road numbers:  9206AB–9208AB
Remarks:  renumbered 1028AB-1030AB.

Milwaukee Road
Quantity:  1 set
Road number:  2000AB
Remarks:  renumbered 696AB.

Southern Railway
Quantity:  5 sets
Road numbers:  2400AB–2404AB
Remarks:  renumbered 2400/2450-2404/2454.

Total: 36 sets

TR3 (cow-calf-calf)

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Quantity:  2 sets
Road numbers:  6500ABC, 6501ABC
Remarks:  renumbered 9552, 9554, 9556, 9555, 9557, 9553, then 9553, 9555-9557 to Chicago South Shore and South Bend 606, 602-604, returned to Chesapeake & Ohio 9553, 9555-9557, then 9552-9557 to Baltimore & Ohio 9552-9557.

Surviving and preserved units
Many NW2's survive today. One NW2 is operated by the Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is privately owned. It is ex-Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad #9227. It is used mainly for work trains. The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway of Illinois and Indiana operates an NW2 cow/calf unit in its Joliet railyard. The Indiana Harbor Belt who operated near 80 still operates two.

Lake Superior Terminal and Transfer Railway 101 is in unrestored condition at the Minnesota Transportation Museum.

Chicago & North Western donated NW2 1003 and TR2B 1103 to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad in 1986, as a cow-calf set. 1003 was originally Grand Trunk Western Railroad 7914, and 1103 was originally Chicago Great Western Railway 65B. 1003 operates, but 1103 is in unrestored condition.

Western Pacific Railroad 608, originally built as Union Pacific Railroad D.S. 1001 is today preserved at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola, California. This locomotive is part of the popular Run-A-Locomotive program. It was the Union Pacific's second wholly owned diesel.

Southern Pacific Railroad 1423 is preserved and operated by the Niles Canyon Railway near Fremont, California.

Reading Company NW2 #103 is owned by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, and is today preserved in restored and operational status at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, PA.

Union Pacific Railroad D.S. 1011 and D.S. 1043 are preserved and operated by the Heber Valley Railroad in Heber City, Utah.

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) NW2 No. 1649 is preserved and operated by the Monticello Railway Museum in Monticello, Illinois.

New York Ontario & Western Railroad #116 survives - was owned by Delaware & Otsego president Walter Rich and used on the New York Susquehanna & Western. It was painted in NYO&W colors, it was retired in the mid-2000s (decade) and was bequeathed to the Delaware and Ulster Railroad DURR upon Walter Rich's death.

EOLX No. 15, a restored EMD NW-2 operated by Florida Rail Adventures provides service for the Mount Dora Meteor in Mount Dora, FL. The locomotive saw service 3 to 5 days a week on the Sorrento Branch, from Mt. Dora, FL to Tavares, FL.

Union Pacific D.S. 1000 (originally EMC demonstrator 889 and later Western Pacific 607) is preserved and operating on the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City, painted as "Nevada Southern 1000".

Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe 2404 (originally 2354) is stored unrestored by the California State Railroad Museum.

EMD NW2 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Model: NW2
Build date: February 1939 - December 1949
Total produced: 1,145
Specifications
Configuration:
​ • AAR B-B
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Prime mover: EMD 12-567 or EMD 12-567A
Engine type: V12
Cylinders: 12
Performance figures
Power output: 1,000 hp (750 kW)

See also:

EMD Diesel Locomotives

EMD

Diesel Locomotives

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