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N&W Class K2 and K2a Streamlined 4-8-2 Mountain Steam Locomotive
The Norfolk & Western K2 and K2a Class steam locomotives were a group of 22 4-8-2 "Mountain" type locomotives. Ten USRA Heavy Mountain locomotives were built by Alco Brooks in 1919 and twelve more 4-8-2s were built by Baldwin in 1923. In the mid to late 1940's, some of the units were streamlined in the same style as the N&W's J-Class 4-8-4 locomotives. The K2s were also fitted with Timkin roller bearings except on the drivers, and also received new fireboxes and stokers along with new cylinders. The class was eventually retired and scrapped between 1957 and 1959.
C & O Class K2 and K2a Overview
Type and Origin
Power type: Steam
Original Builders: Alco Brooks, Baldwin
Original build date Alco Brooks units: 1919
N&W Class K2 streamlined 4-8-2 No. 123 at Richmond, Virginia.
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