#1 (HM2G51)

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N 38° 34.263', W 90° 27.796'

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City of St. Louis Water Division

—1924 —

The Whitcomb Locomotive Company of Rochelle, Illinois built this 15 ton, model SRD industrial switching locomotive. It was a gasoline-mechanical engine, but it was later given an 87 HP, 3-cylinder, GM diesel engine. It has a clutch and manual transmission that has four speeds in both directions. This drives the rear axle via a double chain drive, with the front one powered by the side rods ("B" classification). Mechanically driven locomotives never got much bigger than this one, capable of slowly moving a few cars in an industrial plant. The clutch and transmission could not handle the weights or speeds of long trains, even as a railroad yard switch engine. The diesel-electric locomotive, with electrical transmission of its power, was developed for these jobs. This engine is 19' long and has 30" drive wheels. The "dome" on top of the engine hood is the sandbox. All locomotives carry sand to the drop on the railheads when needed for extra traction. This locomotive was used as the St. Louis city's Howard Bend Water Plant. Purchased in 1973.
HM NumberHM2G51
Year Placed2013
Placed ByMuseum of Transportation
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Date Added Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 8:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 720996 N 4272228
Decimal Degrees38.57105000, -90.46326667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.263', W 90° 27.796'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 15.78" N, 90° 27' 47.76" W
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