PRR DD1

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PRR DD1
PRR DD1.jpg
Specifications
Power type Electric
Builder Altoona Works
Build date 1911
Total produced 66 (in 33 married pairs)
AAR wheel arr. 2-B+B-2
UIC classification 2′B+B2′
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading wheel
diameter
36 in (914 mm)
Driver diameter 72 in (1,829 mm)
Wheelbase 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) between driving axles
Length 64 ft 11 in (19.79 m)
Width 9 ft 1 in (2.77 m)
Height 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)
Weight on drivers 199,000 lb (90.3 tonnes)
Locomotive weight 313,000 lb (142.0 tonnes)
Electric system(s) 650 V DC
Current collection
method
Third rail
Traction motors 2 × 315-A 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Transmission Resistance controlled DC current supplied to DC motors connected to the axles through Jackshaft and side rods
Top speed 85 mph (137 km/h)
Power output 1,580 hp (1,180 kW) continuous
Tractive effort 55,500 lbf (247 kN)
Career

The Pennsylvania Railroad's class DD1 were semi-permanently coupled pairs of third rail direct current electric locomotives built for the railroad's initial New York-area electrification. They operated between Manhattan Transfer and Pennsylvania Station in New York City, and from there to the coach yards at Sunnyside Yard in Queens, New York. Some also operated on the PRR-owned Long Island Rail Road's extensive third rail network. They had a wheel arrangement of 4-4-0+0-4-4 in the Whyte notation; in other words, two 4-4-0 locomotives coupled back-to-back. In the AAR wheel arrangement notation, this is described as 2B+B2. Each half-locomotive contained one large electric motor mounted in the body and driving via a jackshaft and side rods. Those electric motors gave the DD1 a potential top speed of 85 mph, though PRR/LIRR timetables never allowed more than 65 mph. The simplicity and reliability of these locomotives allowed it to outlast its potential replacement model, the PRR L5.

One pair, Nos. 3936 and 3937, is in the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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References[edit]

  • Staufer, Alvin (1962). Pennsy Power. Staufer. pp. 248–253. LOC 62-20878.