Locomotive profile: 2-8-8-2 Y class steam locomotive

Norfolk & Western 2-8-8-2 Y class type steam locomotive hauls a coal train in Virginia in 1958.
Norfolk & Western 2-8-8-2 Y class type steam locomotive hauls a coal train in Virginia in 1958.
Jim Shaughnessy
2-8-8-2

•YEARS BUILT: 1909 to 1952

•MANUFACTURERS: Baldwin, Norfolk & Western

•OPERATED ON: Numerous railroads that required power to pull heavy freight trains upgrade

•NAMES: Chesapeake (Chesapeake & Ohio), Y (Norfolk & Western)

•QUANTITY: 844; Norfolk & Western had the most with 227

•BOILER PRESSURE: 240-300 psi

•KNOWN FOR: Powerful but slow freight locomotives that conquered mountain grades throughout the United States.

•STATUS: Two are on display, 2156 on loan to the Virginia Museum of Transportation and 2050 at Illinois Railway Museum
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