Norfolk and Western Railway Class LC-2 Electric Locomotive
The N&W LC-2 was a class of boxcab electric locomotives built by Westinghouse and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) for the Norfolk and Western Railway. ALCO and Westinghouse built four locomotives in 1924–1925 for use on the Elkhorn Grade. They were retired and scrapped in 1950 when the N&W discontinued electric operations.
The LC-2 was an improved version of the N&W LC-1, which Westinghouse, with Baldwin, had built for the N&W in 1914–1915. The locomotives were a third more powerful than their predecessors.
After World War I the N&W extended electrification on the Elkhorn Grade to a total of 52 miles (84 km) and required additional electric power to handle demand. Westinghouse and ALCO delivered four LC-2s in 1924–1925, which the N&W operated alongside the older LC-1s. Following World War II the N&W bypassed the existing Elkhorn Tunnel with a new tunnel twice as long as the original, double-tracked, and on a gentler 1.4% grade. These improvements eliminated the need for electrification. On the opening of the new tunnel on June 26, 1950 the N&W retired the LC-2s
N&W LC-2 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Electric
Build date: 1924–1925
Total produced: 4
• AAR (1-D-1)+(1-D-1)
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Locomotive weight: 414 tons (376 t)
Electric systems: 11 kV 25 Hz AC
Current pickup: Pantograph
Power output: 4,750 horsepower (3,540 kW)
Disposition: All scrapped
N&W LC2 No. 2512.
Norfork and Western No. 2512, a 1-D-1+1-D-1 Class LC2 electric locomotive.
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