Virginian GE EL-C #135

GE EL-C Description

  • Manufacturer: General Electric
  • Production era: 1955 – 1957
  • Maximum speed: 65 mph
  • 12 were produced, all for the Virginian Railway
  • Electricity source: overhead lines.The Virginian Railway electrified its tracks between Roanoke, VA and Mullins, WV (a distance of 133.6 miles) in April 1925.
  • Although they proved to be a very successful design, no more EL-Cs were produced due to the small number of railroads with electric lines.
  • All 12 EL-Cs were sold to the New Haven Railroad for operation between New Haven, CT and New York City.

# 135

  • Manufactured in 1956
  • Pulled coal trains from 1956 to 1962.
  • Acquired by the N&W in the 1959 merger with the Virginian Railway.
  • Removed from service in 1962 when the N&W dismantled the electrified lines in favor of an all diesel fleet.

Class Specifications

  • Length: 69 ft 6 in
  • Height: 15 ft 10 in
  • Width:
  • Weight: 348,000 lbs
  • Horsepower: 3,300
  • Tractive effort: 98,000 lbs
Electric locomotive GE_EL-C 135