Electric Towing Locomotive GE Panama Canal Mule
GE Towing Locomotive DESCRIPTION
- Nickname: Panama Canal Mule
- Manufacturer: General Electric
- Production era: 1914-1915
- 40 were produced
- Power: Electric motor
- Dual electrical and mechanical controls permitting operation from either end.
- Speed: Maximum 5 mph, could operate at 1 mph when towing larger ships
- Mules were operated on rails parallel to the canal, with one or more on each side to control and center the movement of the ocean-going vessels.
- Manufactured in 1914
- Was a "Pacific Locks Mule" which operated at the west end of the canal. Atlantic mules, by comparison, differed slightly in appearance.
- Retired in 1964.
- The governor of the Panama Canal donated it to a proposed "American Museum of Electricity" in Schenectady.
- Brought to the Museum in 1974, where it was restored and painted by Roanoke Chapter NRHS members.
- Donated to the Museum by the General Electric Co. in concert with the Roanoke Chapter of the NRHS.