Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pacific Great Eastern 2-8-0

Pacific Great Eastern 51, 2-8-0. Gotta love these builders’ photos. It is obvious that someone, perhaps a lowly apprentice, spent hours carefully eliminating all background distractions – not only around the outside edges of the locomotive, but also beneath, leaving only the finished product for catalogs and other promotional materials.

The first 2-8-0 “Consolidation” was "The" heavy freight locomotive from its inception in 1866 into the early Twentieth century. By 1915 they had reached the practical limit of their design. There was no further growth possible with this class of locomotive. The 2-8-0s' forte was starting and moving 'impressive loads at unimpressive speeds', and its versatility gave the class its longevity

Here’s a shot of PGE 51 at work, taken in Quesnel in the 1940’s. This site also has a worthy collection of photos for you to browse.

Railroad Stuff: Pacific Great Eastern #51, 2-8-0 Consolidation.
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SDP45 said...

Bob,
Glad to have you back.

Keep posting this great stuff.

Dan Bolyard
Ephrata, WA

Oil-Electric said...

Thank you Dan. Being on life support for two weeks, there was a high probability I would not survive. Well, here I am. Got too much to write about before I hit the dead line!

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