||Great Northern 2-8-8-0 steam engine in the storage lines early in the 1960s.
||The GN stored many steam engines around the St Paul area some by the midway area up to the early 1960s. Only 9 GN steam engines were saved. The largest saved is a 4-8-4 Northern class in Havre, MT. This is from a slide scan so the quality is not the greatest plus it appears i have lint on the slide. The GN used these for hauling iron ore and for long freight trains. The boiler operated at 240 psi and generated 100,200 lb of tractive effort. These were converted to burn oil and the tenders oil burning and trailed tenders carried 17,000 gallons of water and 4,600 gallons of fuel oil. Horsepower is estimated at over 6,700 HP, but that is difficult to estimate for steam engines since its based on tractive effort and wheel adheasion to the rails, and is also based on the skills of the fireman with the boiler fire. It was a big deal for a single crew to be in command of a 6,700+ HP single engine in the 1940s and 1950s. The GN added roller bearing wheels in the early 1940s. This engine weighed over 280 tons. A modern diesel engine on average is 4,000 HP in the year 2011.
||1/15/1961 Upload Date: 9/9/2011 2:10:58 PM
||Saint Paul, MN
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