The Chessie's Famous "Big Mike"

The Chessie's Famous "Big Mike" (HM15FJ)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.124', W 76° 37.896'

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C&O NO. 2705

— Built by American Locomotive Co., 1943-C&O Class K-4, 2-8-4 type —

"Steam's finest hour" was one railroad writer's summation of the superb locomotives built on the eve of the diesel era—-and this sophisticated brute was one of the reasons why. An excellent example of "superpower" design, it was capable of turning out high horsepower at sustained speed without running out of steam. Big but flexible, No. 2705 and 89 identical C&O 2-8-4 locomotives were equally comfortable with coal drags, merchandisers, and main line passenger trains.

C&O modern fleet of 2-8-4's was built to handle booming wartime traffic and supplant obsolescent 2-8-2 Mikados. They were based on almost-identical powerful, high-speed freighters of two other C&O affiliates—-the Nickel Plate Road and the Pere Marquette.

Called "Berkshires" elsewhere, the big 2-8-4's were "Kanawhas" on C&O—-named for the West Virginia river that winds through its territory. But to their affectionate and admiring crews, they were simply called "Big Mikes"

Engine weight: 230 tons
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Cylinders: 26 x 34 inches
Tractive effort: 69,350 pounds (without booster)83,750 pounds (with booster)

HM NumberHM15FJ
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 11:19pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359282 N 4349717
Decimal Degrees39.28540000, -76.63160000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.124', W 76° 37.896'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 7.44" N, 76° 37' 53.76" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 S Poppleton St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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