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Virginian EL-2B Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Electric
Builder: GE Erie Works
Build date: 1948
Total produced: 4

Configuration: (4-4-4-4)+(4-4-4-4)
AAR wheel arrangement: (B+B-B+B)+(B+B-B+B)
UIC class: (Bo′Bo′)(Bo′Bo′)+(Bo′Bo′)(Bo′Bo′)
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter: 42 in (1.1 m)
Length 150 ft 8 in (45.92 m)
Width: 11 ft 1 in (3.38 m)
Height: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Adhesive weight: 1,000,000 lb (450 t)
Loco weight: 1,000,000 lb (450 t)
Electric system(s): 11 kV, 25 Hz AC
Current collection: Pantograph
Traction motors: 16 × 500 hp (370 kW) GE 746
Transmission: AC Synchronous motors(2x)/
DC Generators: (4x)/
DC traction motors: (16x)
Train heating: None
Loco brake: Air/Regenerative
Train brakes: Air

Performance figures
Maximum speed: 35 mph (56 km/h)
Power output: 6,800 hp (5,100 kW)
Tractive effort: 162,000 lbf (720 kN)

Virginian Railway
Class: EL-2B
Number in class: 4
Numbers: 125–128
Delivered: 1948
Retired: 1959
Disposition: All scrapped

See also:

Electric Locomotives

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VGN number 126, engine type GE 2 B-B+B-B. Westbound freight train; 103 cars. Photographed near Salem, VA, July 11, 1953.

Virginian EL-2B Electric Locomotive
The Virginian Railway's class EL-2B comprised four two-unit electric locomotives with AAR (B+B-B+B)+(B+B-B+B) wheel arrangements. The locomotives were used on the 133-mile (214 km) electrified portion of the railroad, from Roanoke, Virginia to Mullens, West Virginia. These large motor-generator locomotives weighed 1,000,000 pounds (450 t), were 150 feet 8 inches (45.92 m) long, and were capable of producing 6,800 horsepower (5.1 MW).

The EL-2B locomotives were built at General Electric's Erie works in 1948. Numbered 125–128, they were the largest two-unit electric locomotives used in North America.

The locomotives were retired and sold for scrap shortly after the 1959 merger of the Virginian with the Norfolk and Western Railway.

Virginian No. 126, engine type GE 2 B-B+B-B near Salem, Virginia,  July 11, 1953.

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