Norfolk and Western Class M2c #1151

Class M2c Description

  • Manufacturer:
    • 50 M2 produced by the Baldwin Locomotive Works
    • 11 M2c produced in the Norfolk & Western Roanoke Shops
  • Production era: 1910 – 1911
  • Freight engine nicknamed the “12 wheeler”
  • Originally used as heavy freight engines, they were soon replaced by more powerful locomotives

# 1151

  • Manufactured by the N&W Roanoke Shops in 1911
  • Retired and sold for scrap in 1950. It remained hidden and untouched for 59 years
  • Rescued from the scrapyard in 2009, it was one of the “Lost Engines of Roanoke
  • It currently sits just outside the Museum’s railyard near the corner of Norfolk Avenue and 5th Street.
  • Of the other N&W Class M2 “Lost Engines,” the 1134 and a tender have been restored by North Fork Corporation and are on display at the Railroad Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth, VA. The 1118 is owned by the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Class Specifications

  • Length (engine & tender): 78 ft. 6 in.
  • Height: 16 ft.
  • Width: 10 ft. 5 in.
  • Weight (engine): 279,530 lbs.
  • Wheel configuration: 4-8-0
  • Tractive effort: 52,457 lbs
  • Cylinders, bore & stroke: 24 x 30 in.
  • Driver wheel size: 56 in.
  • Tender coal capacity: 20 tons
  • Tender water capacity: 12,000 gal
  • Tender weight-loaded: 225,500 lbs
  • Boiler pressure: 200 psi
  • Grate area: 45 sq ft
1151 in scrap yard