Chesapeake & Ohio’s 614 “Erie Limited”
The Chesapeake & Ohio ordered a total of 25 of these so called “Northern” type locomotives beginning in 1935. They were actually being used by the Northern Pacific Railroad first and became known a “Northerns” due to their 4-8-4 wheel alignment.
Since the Chesapeake & Ohio was actually located in the east and south, they renamed the locomotive the “Greenbrier” , after the famous Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Built mainly as a passenger locomotive for C & O’s first class passenger trains, the C & O 614 is the only surviving locomotive out of the original 25 built. This 477,000 lb locomotive could reach speeds up to 70 MPH!
C&O #614 is pulling an excursion train called the “Erie Limited” from Hoboken, New Jersey, to Port Jervis, New York.
- Rail Line: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad
- Train Name: Greenbrier type locomotive #614 (Northern)
- Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive Class J-3
- Builder: Lima Locomotive Works 1948
- Train type: Passenger
- Location: New Jersey / New York
- Locomotive and tender weight: 865,530 lbs
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