Great Western’s #90 And The Strasburg Railroad!

Great Western’s #90 And The Strasburg Railroad! | Train Fanatics Videos

This decapod’s 5 drivers have the adhesive weight of 190,000 pounds!

Originally built for Colorado’s Great Western Railroad, this monster could haul 40 to 50 cars loaded with beets and was rated for 1200 tons on the line!


This type of wheel arrangement was called decapod type locomotive due to the 10 driving driving wheels.

At the end of her career with the Great Western Railroad in Colorado, she was eventually purchased by the Strasburg Railroad in 1967.

The Strasburg Railroad is a classic short line railroad in the Strasburg and Paradise townships of Pennsylvania.

Filmed to look as if it was still in Colorado, the Great Western #90 traverses the 4.5 mile railway connects the railroad museum in Strasburg to Leaman Place Junction for 45 minutes excursions.

The Strasburg Rail Road dates back to 1837, when it was completed, and was a horse drawn railroad until they purchased their first Norris-built 4-2-0 steam locomotive in 1851.

Quick facts about the Great Western #90

  1. Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works – 1924
  2. Locomotive weight: 212,000 lbs.
  3. Boiler pressure: 200psi
  4. tractive effort: 48,960 lbf
  5. maximum speed: 50 mph
  6. configuration: 2-10-0 wheel arrangment – Decapod type

Let us know if you have ever taken a ride on this great heritage railroad. We would love to hear about your experience!


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