Erie L-1 Class 0-8-8-0 Articulated Camelback Locomotive
The three L-1 0-8-8-0 steam locomotives of the Erie Railroad, built in 1907 by ALCO, and numbered 2600, 2601 and 2602; were unique in that they were the only articulated camelback locomotives ever built. When built, they were the largest steam locomotives in existence. They were built for pushing service, especially on the heavy grades of the Delaware and Susquehanna Divisions over the Allegheny Mountains. In 1921 they were rebuilt as 2-8-8-2s with more conventionally located cabs. They were taken out of service in 1930 as larger locomotives replaced them.
Erie L-1 Class Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Steam
Builder: American Locomotive Company
Build date: 1907
Total produced: 3
UIC class: D′D n4v
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter: 51 in (1,295 mm)
Fuel capacity: 16 tons (14.3 long tons; 14.5 t)
Water capacity: 8,500 gal (32,000 l; 7,100 imp gal)
Boiler pressure: 215 psi (1.48 MPa)
High-pressure cylinder: 25 in × 28 in (635 mm × 711 mm)
Low-pressure cylinder: 28 in × 28 in (711 mm × 711 mm)
High pressure: Piston valves
Low pressure: Slide valves
Operator: Erie Railroad
Disposition: All scrapped
Alco Erie L-1 Builder's photo.
Erie L-1 No. 2601 at Port Jervis, New York, June 1911.
The Erie Railroad's Alco-built L-1, once the largest and most powerful locomotive in the world.
The No. 2600 erector's diagram.
A postcard rendition of Erie L-1 No. 2600.
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