Wabash Alloys Locomotive
|Type and origin|
|Power type||Diesel Electric|
|Gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight on drivers||25 short tons (23 t)|
|Locomotive weight||25 short tons (23 t)|
|Engine RPM range||1800|
|Displacement||672 cubic inches (11 L)|
|Traction motors||one, chain drive to second axle|
|Cylinder size||4 7⁄8 in × 6. in (124 mm × 152 mm)|
|Maximum speed||20 mph (32 km/h)|
|Power output||150 hp (112 kW)|
|Tractive effort||15,000 lbf (67 kN)|
|Current owner||Arkansas Railroad Museum|
Wabash Alloys Locomotive
|Location||1700 Port Rd., Pine Bluff, Arkansas|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP Reference #||07000444|
|Added to NRHP||May 22, 2007|
The Wabash Alloys Locomotive is a GE 25-ton diesel-electric locomotive built in 1940-43. Little is known about its early life, but from around 1970, it worked at Wabash Alloys, a producer of aluminum alloys, at Haskell, Arkansas.
The 25-ton model was the smallest locomotive in the GE range in the 1940s and 50s. It was designed for the small industrial user. With 150 hp (112 kW) and 15,000 lbf (67 kN) of tractive effort, it could pull half a dozen loaded cars on the level. Although the Arkansas nomination document asserts that "large Class I railroads would have used them for switching on light branch lines," standard freight cars of the time were up to 70 tons (64t) gross weight, or 17.5 tons (16t) per axle, so there was little need for 12.5 ton (11t) per axle locomotives on railroads, even on light branch lines, but GE built hundreds of them for industrial users.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
- C.B. Peck (ed.). 1950-52 Locomotive Cyclopedia of American Practice. New York: Simmons-Boardman. pp. 194, 222.
- Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide. Kalmbach. p. 192.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "Wabash Alloys". Arkansas Trains (TrainWeb). Retrieved 8 February 2010.
- "Wabash Alloys Locomotive, Pine Bluff, Jefferson County". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- "GE 23-25T". North East Rails. Retrieved 8 February 2010. Of 60 locomotives pictured here, only seven are owned by railroads and only one of those is even a Class II railroad.
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