Soo Line locomotives

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Soo Line #2645 steam locomotive (E-25 4-6-0), at Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Included in this list of Soo Line locomotives, are those of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway, as well as those of the Wisconsin Central Railway, which it inherited on its lease in 1909. The M.St.P.&S.Ste.M. finally merged the WC, and the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway on 1961-12-30.

Note that WC locomotives are shown as after they were re-numbered and reclassified into the Soo Line scheme, with WC locomotives having numbers 2000 higher, and classes 20 higher, than their M.St.P.&S.Ste.M. counterparts.

Steam Class A (0-4-0), B (0-6-0), C (4-4-0), D (2-6-0), E (4-6-0), F (2-8-0), G (2-10-0), H (4-6-2), J (2-6-2), K (4-4-2), L (2-8-2), N (4-8-2), O (4-8-4)
Diesel ALCO, Baldwin, EMD (Switchers, Cab units, Hood units), Fairbanks-Morse, General Electric

References

Steam locomotives[edit]

Soo Line steam locomotives were organized into classes by wheel arrangement.

Class A: 0-4-0[edit]

Class A was for the 0-4-0 switcher type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
0-4-0 — OO
A 0-4-0 320 Rhode Island 1887 1 0 Built as an 0-4-6T Forney
A-20 0-4-0 2300–2301 Schenectady 1883 2 0
A-21 0-4-0 2302–2307 Baldwin 1887 6 0

Class B: 0-6-0[edit]

Class B was for the 0-6-0 switcher type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
0-6-0 — OOO
B 0-6-0 321 Rhode Island 1887 1 1 Rebuilt as an 0-6-0T, numbered X90 for use as a shop switcher.
Preserved, rebuilt back to tender locomotive
B 0-6-0 323, 325 Rhode Island 1892 2 0
B-1 0-6-0 326–333 Alco-Cooke 1902–1907 8 0
B-2 0-6-0 334–339 Alco-Schenectady 1909–1910 6 0
B-3 0-6-0 340–343 Alco-Schenectady 1912 4 0
B-4 0-6-0 344–349 Alco-Schenectady 1915 6 1 346 preserved
B-4 0-6-0 350–354 Alco-Brooks 1920 5 1 353 preserved
B-20 0-6-0 2308–2313 Schenectady 1886 6 0
B-21 0-6-0 2314–2316 Brooks 1892 3 0
B-22 0-6-0 2317–2320 Brooks 1900 4 0
B-23 0-6-0 2321–2328 Brooks & Alco-Brooks 1899–1809 8 0

Class C: 4-4-0[edit]

Class C was for the 4-4-0 "American" type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
4-4-0 — ooOO — American
C 4-4-0 300–305 Baldwin 1886–1887 6 0
C-1 4-4-0 315 New Jersey 1857 1 0 1897 Ex DSS&A No. 21, acquired 1892
C-1 4-4-0 316 New Jersey 1862 1 0 1895 Ex DSS&A No. 22, acquired 1892
V 4-4-0 317 New Jersey 1855 1 0 1895 Ex DSS&A No. 20, acquired 1892
C-3 4-4-0 1–2 Rhode Island 1884 2 0 ex MSSteM&A
C-4/C-5 4-4-0 3–46 Baldwin 1886–1887 44 0
C-5-s 4-4-0 MStP&SSteM (rebuilder) 1928–1931 (rebuilt) 9 0 C-4/C-5 locomotives modernized
C-20 4-4-0 2000–2001 Schenectady 1882 2 0
C-21 4-4-0 2002–2005, 2008–2015 Schenectady 1885 12 0
C-22 4-4-0 2017–2027 Schenectady 1886 11 0
C-23 4-4-0 2028–2039 Baldwin 1886–1887 12 0 Ex WC Nos. 95–106
C-24 4-4-0 2040 Brooks 1902 (rebuilt) 1 0 1916 Built as WC 4-6-0 No. 207
C-25 4-4-0 2041–2042 Schenectady 1887 2 0 Ex MStP&SSteM Nos. 24 and 29

Class D: 2-6-0[edit]

Class D was for the 2-6-0 "Mogul" type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
2-6-0 — oOOO — Mogul
D 2-6-0 100–107 Rhode Island 1888 8 0
D-1 2-6-0 200–207 Brooks 1888 8 0 Ex DSS&A
D-2 2-6-0 108–172 Alco-Schenectady 1903–1917 65 0
D-3 2-6-0 208 1 0 Ex Wisconsin and Northern Railway No. 6
D-4 2-6-0 209 1 0 Ex Wisconsin and Northern Railway No. 7; exx New York Central Railroad
D-20 2-6-0 2100–2120 Baldwin 1887 21 0 Ex WC Nos. 108–128
Z 2-6-0 322 Baldwin 1887 1 0 Narrow gauge; ex Minneapolis Street Railway No. 13; sold to Wisconsin and Chippewa Railway No. 999

Class E: 4-6-0[edit]

Class E was for the 4-6-0 type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
4-6-0 — ooOOO
E 4-6-0 500–504 1898 5 0 Renumbered 600–604 in 1906
E-1 4-6-0 505–511 Baldwin 1902 7 0 Renumbered 605–611 in 1906
E-2 4-6-0 612–613 Alco-Schenectady 1913, 1915 2 0 Ex Wisconsin and Northern Railway Nos. 4 and 5, acquired 1921
E-20 4-6-0 2600–2608 Brooks 1890 10 0 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway 201–210 (207 rebuilt to 4-4-0)
E-21 4-6-0 2609–2618 Brooks 1891 10 0 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway 211–220
E-22 4-6-0 2619–2638 Brooks 1898–1900 17 0 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway 221–226, 231–241
E-23 4-6-0 2625–2628 Brooks 1898 4 0 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway 227–230
E-24 4-6-0 2640–2644 Brooks 1900 5 0 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway 242–246
E-25 4-6-0 2645–2654 Brooks 1900 10 1 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway 247–256; 2645 (ex WC 247) preserved

Class F: 2-8-0[edit]

Class F was for the 2-8-0 "Consolidation" type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
2-8-0 — oOOOO — Consolidation
F-1 2-8-0 403–405, 407–412 Schenectady 1893 9 0
F-2 2-8-0 406 Schenectady 1893 1 0
F-3 2-8-0 413–416 Schenectady 1893 4 0
F-4 2-8-0 417 Schenectady 1893 1 0
F-6 2-8-0 400–402, 418–427 Rhode Island 1893 13 0
F-7 2-8-0 428–430 Schenectady 1900 3 0
F-8 2-8-0 431–444 Alco-Schenectady 1902–1903 14 1 440 preserved
F-9 2-8-0 445–472 Alco-Schenectady 1905–1906 28 1 451 preserved
F-10 2-8-0 473–474 Alco-Schenectady 1909 2 0
F-11 2-8-0 475–484 Alco-Schenectady 1910 10 0
F-12 2-8-0 485–499 Alco-Schenectady 1912–1913 15 0
F-20 2-8-0 2400–2424 Alco-Schenectady 1903–1907 25 1 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway Nos. 160–184; 2412 preserved
F-21 2-8-0 2425–2428 Alco-Schenectady 1909 4 1 2425 preserved
F-22 2-8-0 2429–2443 Alco-Schenectady 1911 15 1 2442 preserved
F-23 2-8-0 2444–2450 Alco-Schenectady 1914 7 0

Class G: 2-10-0[edit]

Class G was the 2-10-0 type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
2-10-0 — oOOOOO
G 2-10-0 600 Baldwin 1900 1 1 Built as Vauclain compound; rebuilt as simple and renumbered 950; Preserved

Class H: 4-6-2[edit]

4-6-2 Pacific H-3 (730), Gladstone, Michigan.

Class H covered the 4-6-2 "Pacific" type.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
4-6-2 — ooOOOo — Pacific
H 4-6-2 700 Baldwin 1904 1 0 Ex Bismarck, Washburn and Great Falls Railway No. 4
H-1 4-6-2 701–722 Alco-Schenectady 1904–1907 22 0
H-2 4-6-2 723–726 Alco-Schenectady 1910 4 0
H-3 4-6-2 727–737 Alco-Schenectady 1911–1913 11 3 730, 735 and 736 preserved
H-20 4-6-2 2700–2703 Alco-Schenectady 1909 4 0
H-21 4-6-2 2704–2713 Alco-Schenectady 1911–1913 10 1 2713 preserved
H-22 4-6-2 2714–2717 Alco-Schenectady 1914 4 1 2714 preserved
H-23 4-6-2 2718–2719 Alco-Schenectady 1923 6 2 2718 and 2719 preserved

Class J: 2-6-2[edit]

Class J comprised 2-6-2 "Prairie" locomotives.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
2-6-2 — oOOOo — Prairie
J 2-6-2 800–809 Alco-Schenectady 1907 10 0

Class K: 4-4-2[edit]

Class K comprised 4-4-2 "Atlantic" locomotives.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
4-4-2 — ooOOo — Atlantic
K-20 4-4-2 2900–2914 Alco-Brooks 1902–1905 15 0 Ex Wisconsin Central Railway 257–271

Class L: 2-8-2[edit]

Soo 1003

Class L was for 2-8-2 "Mikado" locomotives.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
2-8-2 — oOOOOo — Mikado
L 2-8-2 1000 Baldwin 1900 1 0 Ex Bismarck, Washburn and Great Falls Railway No. 3
L-1 2-8-2 1001–1010 Alco-Schenectady 1913 10 1 1003 preserved
L-2 2-8-2 1011–1023 Alco-Brooks 1920 13 1 1011 preserved
L-3 2-8-2 1030–1033 Baldwin 1913 4 0 ex Rock Island K-60 class acquired 1941
L-4 2-8-2 1024–1027,
1034–1037
Alco-Brooks 1912 8 1 ex Monon J-1 class acquired 1941–1942;
1024 (Monon 504) preserved
L-20 2-8-2 3000–3011 Alco-Brooks 1920 12 0

Class N: 4-8-2[edit]

Class N comprised 4-8-2 "Mountain" locomotives.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
4-8-2 — ooOOOOo — Mountain
N-20 4-8-2 4000–4009 Alco-Brooks 1926 10 0
N-20 4-8-2 4010–4017 Alco-Schenectady 1928 8 0
N-20 4-8-2 4018–4020 Soo’s Shoreham Shops 1930 3 0 Boilers supplied by Alco

Class O: 4-8-4[edit]

Class O were 4-8-4 "Northern" locomotives.

Class Wheel
arrangement
Fleet
number(s)
Manufacturer Year made Quantity
made
Quantity
preserved
Year(s)
retired
Comments
4-8-4 — ooOOOOoo — Northern
O-20 4-8-4 5000–5003 Lima 1938 4 0

Diesel locomotives[edit]

ALCO[edit]

Baldwin[edit]

EMD[edit]

Switchers[edit]

  • EMD SW1: 1 locomotives (320).
  • EMC NW1A: 3 locomotives. (2100–2102 — entire production for this model).
  • EMD NW2: 3 locomotives (300, 301, 2108).
  • EMD SW9: 8 locomotives. (2111–2115, 2117–2119)
  • EMD SW1200: 16 locomotives (321–328, 2120–2127).

Cab units[edit]

  • EMD F3: 13 units (12 A units 200A+B–204A+B, 2200A+B, 1 B unit 2200C)
  • EMD F7: 36 examples (26 A units 212A+B–214A+B, 2201A+B–2203A+B, 2224A+B–2230A+B, 10 B units: 2201C–2204C, 500C–503C, 2500C, 2501C)
  • EMD FP7: 8 examples (500A–503A, 504, 505, 2500A, 2501A)

Hood units[edit]

Soo Line SD60s
Soo Line SD60M #6062 in the "Candy Apple Red" paint scheme
Soo Lines SD40-2 #6621 and #6622 in 1988
  • EMD GP7: 7 locomotives (375–378, 381–383).
  • EMD GP9: 45 locomotives (400–414, 550–558, 2400–2413, 2550–2556).
  • EMD SD9: 1 locomotives (2381).
  • EMD GP30: 22 locomotives (700–721).
  • EMD GP35: 10 locomotives (722–731).
  • EMD GP40: 4 locomotives (732–735).
  • EMD SD40: 21 locomotives (736–756).
  • EMD SD40-2: 57 locomotives (757–789, 6600–6623).
  • EMD GP38-2: 53 locomotives (4400–4452).
  • EMD SD60: 58 locomotives (6000–6057).
  • EMD SD60M: 5 locomotives (6058–6062).

Fairbanks-Morse[edit]

  • FM H-12-44: 5 locomotives (315–319) built 1952 and 1954.

General Electric[edit]

  • GE 44-ton: 1 locomotive (330) built in 1941.
  • GE U30C: 10 locomotives (800–809) built in 1968.

References[edit]

  • Dorin, Patrick C. The Soo Line. Superior Publishing Co. ISBN 0-87564-712-X. 
  • Suprey, Leslie. Steam Trains of the Soo (3rd ed.). Mora, Minnesota: B&W Printers and Publishers.