List of Norfolk and Western Railway locomotives

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This is a list of locomotives that have worked for the Norfolk and Western Railway.

Steam locomotives[edit]

N&W
class
Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer
Serial numbers
Year
made
Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
withdrawn
Comments
Tender locomotives
A (1st) 4-6-0 86–90 Baldwin 1902–1904 5 0 1928
A (2nd) 2-6-6-4 1200–1242 Roanoke Shops 1936–1950 43 1 1958–1961 1218 preserved
B 2-8-0 61–70 Baldwin 1898–1904 10 0 1933–1934 Cross-compound, simpled 1909–1912
E 4-6-2 595–599 Alco-Richmond 1905 5 0 1934-1939
E1 4-6-2 580–594 Baldwin 1907 15 0 1934–1939
E2 4-6-2 564–579 Alco-Richmond 1910 16 1 1942-1958 578 preserved
E2a 4-6-2 553–563 Baldwin (6),
Roanoke Shops (5)
1912 11 0 1934–1957
E2b 4-6-2 543–552 Roanoke Shops 1913–1914 10 0 1934–1939
E3 4-6-2 500–504 Baldwin 1913 5 0 1934–1939 ex PRR K3a
F 2-8-0 Roanoke Machine Works 1880s/1890s 50 0
G 2-8-0 Roanoke Machine Works 1880s/1890s 81 1
G1 2-8-0 Baldwin 1897 7 2 1912–1955 #6 and #7 preserved
I 2-8-0 Roanoke Machine Works 1880s/1890s 9 0
J (1st) 4-4-0 Baldwin 1879 0 1900
J (2nd) 4-4-2 600–606 Baldwin 1903–1904 7 0 1931–1935
J (3rd) 4-8-4 600–613 Roanoke Shops 1941–1950 14 1 1958–1959 605–610 built unstreamlined as J1; 611 preserved
K1 4-8-2 100–115 Roanoke Shops 1916–1917 16 0 1957–1958
K2 4-8-2 116–125 Alco-Brooks 1919 10 0 1957–1959 USRA Heavy Mountain
K2a 4-8-2 126–137 Baldwin 1923 12 0 1958–1959
K3 4-8-2 200–209 Roanoke Shops 1926 10 0 1944–1945 Sold to RF&P and D&RGW
L 4-6-0 Roanoke Machine Works 1880s/1890s 3 0
M 4-8-0 375–499 Alco-Richmond (75), Baldwin (50) 1906–1907 125 2 1926–1958 433 and 475 preserved
M1 4-8-0 1000–1099 Alco-Richmond (50), Baldwin (50) 1907 100 4 1926–1947
M2 4-8-0 1100–1149 Baldwin 1910 50 2 1950–1957 1118 and 1134 preserved
M2a 4-8-0 1150–1152 Roanoke Shops 1911 3 0 1950–1956 1151 preserved
M2b 4-8-0 1153–1154 Roanoke Shops 1911 2 0 1950–1956
M2c 4-8-0 1155–1160 Roanoke Shops 1911–1912 6 1 1952–1957
R 0-6-0 Roanoke Machine Works 1880s/1890s 9 0
S1 0-8-0 255–284 Baldwin 1948 30 0 1958–1960 ex-C&O C-16 class 255–284, acquired c.1950
S1a 0-8-0 200–244 Roanoke Shops 1951–1953 45 0 1958–1960
V 4-6-0 950–961 Baldwin 1900 12 0 1929–1948
V1 4-6-0 962–966 Alco-Richmond 1902 5 0 1929–1933
W 2-8-0 800–829 Baldwin 1898–1899 30 0 1926–1934
W1 2-8-0 830–842, 844–865 Roanoke Shops, Baldwin, Alco-Richmond 1900–1901 34 0 1926–1934 5 rebuilt to 0-8-0T
W2 2-8-0 673–799, 843, 866–949 Roanoke Shops, Baldwin 1901–1905 212 1 1926–1953 917 preserved
X1 0-8-8-0 990–994 Alco-Schenectady 1910 5 0 1934
Y1 2-8-8-2 995–999 Baldwin 1910 5 0 1924
Y1 2-8-8-2 995–999 Baldwin 1910 5 0 1924
Y1 2-8-8-2 995–999 Baldwin 1910 5 0 1924
Y2 2-8-8-2 1700–1704 Roanoke Shops 1918–1921 5 0 1946–1951 rebuilt to Y2a
Y2 2-8-8-2 1711–1730 Baldwin 1919 20 0 1948–1951 rebuilt to Y2a
Y2a 2-8-8-2 1705–1710 Roanoke Shops 1924 6 0 1948–1949
Y3 2-8-8-2 2000–2044 Alco-Schenectady 1919 45 0 1957–1958
Y3 2-8-8-2 2045–2049 Baldwin 1919 5 0 1957–1958
Y3a 2-8-8-2 2050–2079 Alco-Richmond 1923 30 1 1958–1959 2050 presevered
Y3b/Y4 2-8-8-2 2080–2089 Alco-Richmond 1927 10 0 1958 re-classed Y4 in 1927
Y4a/Y5 2-8-8-2 2090–2119 Roanoke Shops 1930–1932 30 0 1958–1960 re-classed Y5
Y6 2-8-8-2 2120–2154 Roanoke Shops 1936–1940 35 0 1958–1961
Y6a 2-8-8-2 2155–2170 Roanoke Shops 1942 16 1 1958–1961 2156 preserved
Y6b 2-8-8-2 2171–2200 Roanoke Shops 1948–1952 30 0 1958–1961
Z1 2-6-6-2 1300–1314 Alco-Richmond 1912 10 0 1934
Z1a 2-6-6-2 1315–1489 Alco-Richmond, Baldwin 1912–1918 175 0 1934–1958 1331–1489 rebuilt to Z1b, 1399 rebuilt to Z2
Steam turbine-electric locomotive
TE C+C-C+C 2300 Baldwin & Westinghouse 1954 1 0 1958 Nicknamed "Jawn Henry"
Tank locomotives
W6 0-8-0T 800s Roanoke Shops (rebuilder) 1945 10 0 1959 Shop switcher

Electric locomotives[edit]

N&W
class
Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer
Serial numbers
Year
made
Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
withdrawn
Comments
Norfolk & Western Railway locomotives
LC-1 (1-B+B-1)+(1-B+B-1) E1 to E24 renumbered 2500A&B to 2511A&B (not in order) Baldwin & Westinghouse 1914–1915 12 0 1950 3,211 hp (2.39 MW)
LC-2 (1-D-1)+(1-D-1) 2512 to 2515 Alco & Westinghouse 1924 4 0 1950 4,750 hp (3.54 MW)
Former Virginian Railway locomotives (acquired 1959)
EL-3A 1-D-1 100ABC to 111ABC Alco & Westinghouse 1925–1926 36 1962 2,000 hp (1.49 MW)
EL-2B (B+B-B+B)+(B+B-B+B) 125A&B to 128A&B renumbered 221 to 228 (not in order) by N&W General Electric 1948 4 1962 6,800 hp (5,100 kW)
EL-C C-C 130 to 141 renumbered N&W 230 to 241 General Electric 1956–1957 12 1 1962 3,300 hp (2,500 kW)

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Diesel locomotives acquired prior to 1964 mergers (all retired during mid 70s to mid 80s)[edit]

Model Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Year
made
Quantity
acquired
Comments
ALCO RS-3 B-B 92–99 1955–1956 8 Renumbered 307–300 in 1956
ALCO RS-11 B-B 308–406 1956–1961 99
ALCO RS-36 B-B 407–412 1962 6
ALCO T-6 B-B 10–49 1959 40 40–41 sold to Chesapeake Western Railway 10–11
EMD GP9 B-B 500–521 1957–1958 22 Passenger units, painted maroon
EMD GP9 B-B 620–699 1958–1959 80 N&W 620 remains in operation at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Originally in the black freight color scheme, she was repainted to tuscan in 1986 to reflect her role in pulling the museum's passenger train.
EMD GP9 B-B 10–13 1955 4 Renumbered 710–713 in 1956
EMD GP9 B-B 714–761 1956–1957 48
EMD GP9 B-B 762–767 (1st) 1957 6 Passenger units, renumbered 500–505
EMD GP9 B-B 766–767 (2nd) 1957 2 ex-Winston-Salem Southbound Railway 1500–1501
EMD GP9 B-B 768–914 1957–1959 147
EMD GP18 B-B 915–962 1959–1961 48
EMD GP30 B-B 522–565 1962 44
EMD GP35 B-B 200–239 1963–1964 40
EMD GP35 B-B 1300–1328 1964–1965 29

Diesel locomotives acquired through 1964 mergers[edit]

ex Virginian Railway locomotives in 1959
ex-Wabash Railway locomotives
ex Nickel Plate Road locomotives
ex Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad locomotives
ex Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway locomotives

Diesel locomotives acquired before 1982 merger in Norfolk Southern[edit]

References[edit]

  • King, E.W. in Drury, George H. (1983), Guide to North American Steam Locomotives, Waukesha, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing Company, pp. 295–307, ISBN 0-89024-206-2, LCCN 93041472 
  • Rosenberg, Ron; Archer, Eric H. (1973). Norfolk & Western Steam (The Last 25 Years). New York, NY: Quadrant Press, Inc.. pp. 11–16, 77–78. ISBN 0-915276-00-3.