Taking A Spin
A behemoth Northern Pacific 4-8-4 eases out of the roundhouse and onto the turntable, as it prepares for its next run. In the 1920’s, the Northern Pacific Railroad needed bigger passenger locomotives so it had its motive power department work with the American Locomotive Company's design engineers to develop a new locomotive. They designed a new locomotive with a massive firebox that was supported by a four-wheel trailing truck. It was the first locomotive with a 4-8-4 wheel arrangement and it was called a “Northern.” Several years later in 1934, ten Class A-2s were delivered to the Northern Pacific from the Baldwin Locomotive Works. The 2650 was the first locomotive in that order of Northerns.
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