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The Panama Railroad: Historical Data Sheet of Locomotive #299:



HISTORICAL DATA SHEET

Panama Canal Construction Locomotive; #299

(Last known Locomotive actually used to construct the Panama Canal)

PRESENT LOCATION: Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey

TECHNICAL DATA:

AS PURCHASED:

Manufactured by, American Locomotive, Cooke Works, Paterson, New Jersey

"Mogul" type, 2-6-0 Locomotive, 1906 Purchase price: $11,307

Coal Fired, Tender Capacity 8 tons Coal, 4000 gal water.

Tractive Effort, 23,980 lbs. At 10 MPH

Hauling Capacity, 3317 tons on level track

Track Guage, 5

Drive Piston, 19" diameter, 24" stroke

Diameter, Drive Wheels, 54"

Weights: Engine 125,500 lbs., Tender 97,000 lbs.

Oil Head and Rear Lights

TENDER MARKINGS:

As Purchased, "I.C.C." for ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION

Under Corp of Engineers, "I.S."

When acquired by Panama Railroad Company, "P.R.R." and later, "Panama Railroad"

CAB ENGINE NUMBER:

Oversize as shown, for manual identification during actual Construction Service where all movement was under visual control.

POST CONSTRUCTION SERVICE MODIFICATIONS:

Converted to Oil Fired Boilers, Tender converted from Coal to Oil Storage

Head and Rear Lamps converted to Electrical Lamps.

Steam Driven Electrical Generator installed.

Bell moved from in front of cab to position between sand and steam domes.

ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL NOTES:

When removed from Active Panama Railroad use, it was refurbished and placed on exhibit at the Balboa Railroad Station.

It was donated to the Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey as a representative of the many Locomotives built at the American Locomotive Cooke Works, Paterson, New Jersey for service during the Construction of the Panama Canal.

"299" was moved from the Balboa Train Station, transported by ship to New Orleans, moved on Heavy Duty Flat Cars (Wheel Gage did not fit American Tracks) to Paterson, New Jersey where it presently is on exhibit at the Paterson Museum.

From time to time, "299" has been repainted by various Paterson High Schools Civic Classes as joint community projects.

Data sheet courtesy: Dorn Thomas


 


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