Norfolk and Western Class G-1 #6

Class G-1 Description

  • Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, PA
  • Production era: 1889- 1897
  • Freight engine
  • Number built: 14
  • The 2-8-0 was one of the most popular steam types, and was used throughout the U. S.
  • Could pull up to 50 wooden cars at a speed of 35 mph.
  • Pilot (also called a “cowcatcher”) on the front
  • Hand fired (coal shoveled into the boiler by hand)

# 6

  • Built January 1897 for the N&W Railway (originally #352)
  • Cost: $10,800
  • Sold May 1917 to the Virginia Carolina Railroad and became #6
  • Re-acquired by the N&W in 1920 when the N&W purchased the Virginia Carolina line
  • Used on the Abingdon Branch which ran from Abingdon, VA to West Jefferson, NC
  • Last used to pull stock cars on the Honaker Branch in 1955
  • Retired January 1955
  • This is the oldest locomotive in the Museum collection

Class Specifications

  • Length: 57 ft.
  • Height: 14 ft. 6 in.
  • Weight: 120,785 lbs
  • Wheel configuration: 2-8-0
  • Tractive effort: 29,376
  • Cylinder bore & stroke: 20 x 24
  • Driver size: 50 in
  • Tender coal capacity: 13.8 tons
  • Tender water capacity: 6,000 gal
  • Tender weight: 116,630 lbs
  • Boiler pressure:180 psi
  • Grate area: 31 sq. ft.
Class G-1 Steam Locomotive 6