EMD NW2

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EMD NW2
Midland Kansas locomotive 524.jpg
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors
Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Model NW2
Build date February 1939 - December 1949
Total produced 1145
Specifications
AAR wheel arr. B-B
Prime mover EMD 12-567 or EMD 12-567A
Cylinders V12
Performance figures
Power output 1,000 hp (750 kW)

The EMD NW2 is a 1,000 hp (750 kW), B-B switcher locomotive manufactured by General Motors Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois. The NW2 was manufactured from February 1939 to December 1949, and 1145 were produced – 1121 for the U.S., and 24 were exported to Canada. Starting in late 1948 the NW2s were manufactured in EMD's Plant #3 in Cleveland, Ohio. The 1,000 hp (750 kW) was achieved by using a 12-cylinder, model 567, and later, a model 567A engine. In addition, 3 TR cow-calf paired sets, 36 TR2 cow-calf paired sets, and 2 TR3 cow-calf-calf sets were produced. The TR sets were built prior to World War II and the TR2 and TR3 sets were built postwar.

Identification[edit]

Distinguishing features include two stacks in the middle of the hood, a half-height radiator grille, no sand box on the front platform, and no small louvers at the top front corners of the sides of the hood. The predecessor of the NW2 was the NW1. The "N" in NW1 stands for the nine in nine hundred hp (670 kW). The "W" in both models stands for welded frame.

Original owners[edit]

NW2[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Appalachicola Northern Railroad
4
701–704
Arkansas and Louisiana Missouri Railway
1
10
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
15
2353–2367
Renumbered 2403–2417
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
6
601, 603, 605,
611, 613, 615
600,611,613,615 Renumbered 600-602,604, 600-605 to Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 20-25
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
49
400–408, 550–589
Renumbered 9500–9508, 9542-9551, 9512–9541
Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad
3
409–411
Renumbered 9509–9511
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
4
800–803
Renumbered 20–23
Boston and Maine Railroad
14
1200–1213
Canadian National Railways
20
7936–7945, 7956–7965
Central of Georgia Railway
2
20, 25
renumbered 1016-1017
Central Railroad of New Jersey
2
1060–1061
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
41
1850–1856, 5200–5213, 5060–5079
1850-1856 renumbered 9558-9564
Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
6
119–124
119 renumbered 125, 120-125 renumbered 1029-1034, then 1029, 1033, 1034 to Louisville & Nashville 2207-2209
Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad
2
250–251
250 to Acme-Newport Steel 2, 251 to Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific 300
Chicago Great Western Railway
17
16–31, 42
to Chicago and North Western Railway 16-31, 42, 16-30, 42 renumbered 1017-1020, 1022–1032, 1016, 1033, 31 to East Camden & Highland 61
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
46
9203–9248
to Burlington Northern 500-545
Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway (“Monon”)
7
DS-1, DS-2, DS-3, 14–17
DS-1, DS-2, DS-3 renumbered 11–13
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (“Milwaukee Road”)
8
1647–1654
Renumbered 665–672
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
10
765–774
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway
1
70
to Chicago and North Western Railway 70
Colorado and Southern Railway
4
150–153
Conemaugh and Black Lick Railroad
3
100–102
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
5
461–465
to Erie Lackawanna Railroad 441-445
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
1
7000
Renumbered 100
Detroit Terminal Railroad
11
104–112, 114–115
Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad
7
910–916
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
40
403–407, 409–443
Electro-Motive Division (demonstrator)
1
889
to Union Pacific 1000
Erie Railroad
27
401–427
to Erie Lackawanna 401-427
Fort Worth and Denver City Railway
3
603, 605–606
Fort Worth Belt Railway
1
2
to Missouri Pacific Railroad 1020
Georgia Railroad
5
901–905
Grand Trunk Western Railroad
24
7900–7914, 7966–7974
7974 built as Central Vermont Railway 7974
Great Northern Railway
51
5302–5331, 5334-5336, 145–162
5302–5336 renumbered 102–135, to Burlington Northern 459-499
Illinois Central Railroad
17
9150–9166
Renumbered 1000–1016
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
78
8715–8739, 8774–8802, 8811–8834
8715 to Peoria & Eastern 8907 (2nd), 8797 to New York Central 8926 (2nd) then Penn Central 8926, 8794, 8795, 8792-8802 to New York Central same numbers, then to Penn Central same numbers
Indiana Northern Railway
1
100
to NJI&I 2, then Wabash 353, then N&W 3353
Jacksonville Terminal
7
30–36
Kansas City Southern Railway
32
1100–1102, 1125–1126,
1200–1226
1125–1126, 1212-1221 were Louisiana & Arkansas
Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway
1
1001
to Texas & Pacific Railroad 1027
Lake Champlain and Moriah Rail Road
1
19
Lake Superior Terminal and Transfer Railway
5
100–104
Lake Terminal Railroad
20
1001–1020
Lehigh Valley Railroad
7
180–186
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
5
2240–2244
Renumbered 2215–2219
Manistee and Northeastern Railway
2
2–3
to Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 5297-5298
Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad
2
80–81
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
2
D-139, D-740
Renumbered 100, 101 to Chicago & North Western Ry 100, 201, renumbered 1036, 1021
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (“Soo Line”)
2
300, 301
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Wisconsin Central Railway)
1
2108
Missouri Pacific Railroad
3
9104–9106
9104, 9106 renumbered 1021, 1022
Missouri-Illinois Railroad
1
51
to Missouri Pacific Railroad 1028
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
5
1026–1030
Renumbered 7–11
Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
5
20–23, 25
25 renumbered 19; to Louisville and Nashville Railroad 2119-2123, renumbered 2210-2214
New York Central Railroad
57
8700–8714, 8740–8773, 8803–8810
8705-8714, 8740-8749 were Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, 8700-8704, 8750-8773, 8803-8810 to Penn Central same numbers
New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (“Nickel Plate Road”)
16
7–22
New York, Ontario and Western Railway
21
111–131
115 to Northern Pacific Railway 99, 111-113 to Unadilla Valley Railway 111-113, then to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific 795-797, remainder to New York Central Railroad 9500-9516, renumbered 8683-8699, to Penn Central 8683-8699
Northern Pacific Railway
6
101–106
102-106 to Burlington Northern 450-458
Pennsylvania Railroad
32
3909, 5921–5925,
9155–9176, 9247–9250
3909 renumbered 5912, then 5912 renumbered 8677, 5921-5925 renumbered 8651-8654, 8678, 9155-9176 renumbered 8655-8676, 9247-9250 renumbered 8647-8650, then 8647-8768 to Penn Central 8647-8679
Peoria and Pekin Union Railway
6
400–405
Pere Marquette Railway
14
51–64
to Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 5275-5278, 5280-5282, 9565, 5284-5289
Phelps Dodge Corporation, Lavender Pit
2
1–2
to Morenci Mine 1 (2nd), 2 (2nd)
Phelps Dodge Corporation, Morenci Mine
4
5–8
Phelps Dodge Corporation, New Cornelia Branch Mine
7
1–5, 3 (second) 4 (second)
1, 2, 3 (1st), 4 (1st) to Morenci Mine 1-4, Morenci Mine 1, 2 returned to New Cornelia Branch 1, 2, Morenci Mine 3, 4 then to Lavender Pit 3, 4, then returned to New Cornelia Branch 3 (third), 4 (third), 5 to Lavender Pit 5, returned to New Cornelia Branch 5
Philadelphia, Bethlehem and New England Railroad
8
219, 222–225, 26–28
219, 222–225 renumbered 21–25
Reading Company
8
90–92, 100–104
Republic Steel Corporation
1
D-815
River Terminal Railway
1
60
Seaboard Air Line Railroad
7
1406–1412
1406–1407, 1409-1412 to Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 31-36
Southern Railway
69
2200–2204, 2206–2207, 2233–2284,
6050–6056, 6850, 6851, 8560
6050-6056 were Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific, 6850-6851 were New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, 8560 was St. Johns River Terminal, 2235 renumbered 6504, then 2200-2204, 2206, 2207, 2233, 2234, 2236–2284, 6050-6056, 6504, 6850, 6851, 6560 renumbered 1018-1086
Southern Pacific Company
50
1310–1319, 1403–1425, 72–88
72-88 were Texas & New Orleans, 1310–1319, 72-88, 1403-1425 renumbered 1904-1953
Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway
3
40–42
to Burlington Northern 593–595
St. Louis Southwestern Railway
4
1050–1053
Renumbered to 1900-1903
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
16
250–265
Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad
3
900–902
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
17
551–567
Texas and Pacific Railway
20
1000–1019
Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway
4
51–54
Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend Railroad
1
52
Union Pacific Railroad
95
1001–1095
Union Railroad
20
536–555
United States Navy, Fallbrook Naval Ammunition Depot
4
1–4
United States Navy, Hawthorne, Nevada
1
44
Wabash Railroad
3
350–352
to Norfolk and Western Railway 3350–3352, 3350 to Des Moines Union Railway 7
West Virginia Northern Railroad
2
50–51
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
4
D-1–D-4
to New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad 95-98, NKP 95-97 then to Wabash 347-349, NKP 98 to Des Moines Union 5, WAB 347 then to Des Moines Union Railway 6, 348-349 to Norfolk & Western 3348-3349
Wheeling Steel Company
1
1251
Total 1145

TR[edit]

EMD TR #9205
Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Illinois Central Railroad
3 sets
9203AB–9205AB

TR2 (cow-calf)[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Electro-Motive Division (demonstrator)
1 set
912AB
to CB&Q 9400AB, rebuilt to NW2's, to Burlington Northern 546-547
Belt Railway of Chicago
2 sets
500AB, 501AB
renumbered 500, 510, 501, 511
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
13 sets
9401AB–9413AB
rebuilt to NW2's, to Burlington Northern 548-573
Chicago and North Western Railway
2 sets
2000AB, 2001AB
2000A, 2001A renumbered 1009, 1010, 2000B, 2001B to slugs BU-4, BU-5
Chicago Great Western Railroad
9 sets
58AB–66AB
to Chicago & North Western 58AB-66AB, 58A-61A, 63A-65A renumbered 1035, 1000, 1034, 1011, 1015, 1013, 1014, 58B-61B, 63B-65B renumbered 1106, 1107, 1105, 1101, 1104, 1102, 1103
Illinois Central Railroad
3 sets
9206AB–9208AB
renumbered 1028AB-1030AB
Milwaukee Road
1 set
2000AB
renumbered 696AB
Southern Railway
5 sets
2400AB–2404AB
renumbered 2400/2450-2404/2454
Total 36 sets

TR3 (cow-calf-calf)[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
2 sets
6500ABC, 6501ABC
renumbered 9552, 9554, 9556, 9555, 9557, 9553, then 9553, 9555-9557 to Chicago South Shore and South Bend 606, 602-604, returned to Chesapeake & Ohio 9553, 9555-9557, then 9552-9557 to Baltimore & Ohio 9552-9557

Surviving and preserved units[edit]

Many NW2's survive today. One NW2 is operated by the Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is privately owned. It is ex-Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad #9227. It is used mainly for work trains. The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway of Illinois and Indiana operates an NW2 cow/calf unit in its Joliet railyard. The Indiana Harbor Belt who operated near 80 still operates two.

Lake Superior Terminal and Transfer Railway 101 is unrestored at the Minnesota Transportation Museum.

Chicago & North Western donated NW2 1003 and TR2B 1103 to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad in 1986, as a cow-calf set. 1003 was originally Grand Trunk Western Railroad 7914, and 1103 was originally Chicago Great Western Railway 65B. 1003 operates, but 1103 is unrestored.

Western Pacific Railroad 608, originally built as Union Pacific Railroad D.S. 1001 is today preserved at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola, California. This locomotive is part of the popular Run-A-Locomotive program. It was the Union Pacific's second wholly owned diesel.

Southern Pacific Railroad 1423 is preserved and operated by the Niles Canyon Railway near Fremont, California.

Reading Company NW2 #103 is owned by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, and is today preserved in restored and operational status at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, PA.

Union Pacific Railroad D.S. 1011 and D.S. 1043 are preserved and operated by the Heber Valley Railroad in Heber City, Utah.

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) NW2 #1649 is preserved and operated by the Monticello Railway Museum in Monticello, Illinois.

New York Ontario & Western Railroad #116 survives - was owned by Delaware & Otsego president Walter Rich and used on the New York Susquehanna & Western. It was painted in NYO&W colors, it was retired in the mid-2000s (decade) and was bequeathed to the Delaware and Ulster Railroad DURR upon Walter Rich's death.

EOLX #15, a restored EMD NW-2 operated by Florida Rail Adventures provides service for the Mount Dora Meteor in Mount Dora, FL. The locomotive saw service 3 to 5 days a week on the Sorrento Branch, from Mt. Dora, FL to Tavares, FL.

Union Pacific D.S. 1000 (originally EMC demonstrator 889 and later Western Pacific 607) is preserved and operating on the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City, painted as "Boulder City Southern 1000".

Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe 2404 (originally 2354) is stored unrestored by the California State Railroad Museum.

See also[edit]

List of GM-EMD locomotives

References[edit]

  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide, pp.EMD-36, 37. Kalmbach Books. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 66-22894.
  • Solomon, Brian (2000). The American Diesel Locomotive, p. 53. MBI Publishing Company. ISBN 0-7603-0666-4.
  • Kristopans, Andre EMD Switcher Serial Number webpage

http://utahrails.net/ajkristopans/SWITCHERS201Aand567.php

  • Kristopans, Andre EMD Export page

http://utahrails.net/ajkristopans/GMEXPORT2.php

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