Title: Railway and locomotive engineering : a practical journal of railway motive power and rolling stock
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Subjects: Railroads Locomotives
Publisher: completely new York : A. Sinclair Co
Contributing Library: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Stock and Appliances Vol. xxxvm 114 Liberty Street, completely new York, June, 1925 No. 6 The First Virginian Electric Locomotive Bv E. I. Staples, General Engineer, Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company The first of the electric locomotives for tlie irginianRailway was formally tested and demonstrated on May14 before a gathering of the officials of that Companyat the East Pittsburgh ANorks of the WestinghouseElectric & Manufacturing Company. It will be remembered that the Nirginian electrificationcontract was the largest ever awarded, amounting to$15,000,000. all electrical apparatus to be furnished by tion of this section will be inaugurated before the closeof the year 1925. The irginian Railway was conceived and built forthe sole purpose of moving coal from the rich NewRiver and Pocahontas fields to tidewater at Norfolk.From the very beginning this road has been noted forheavv rolling stock, large trains and high operatingefficiency. The part of the road which is being elec-
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First Electric Locomotive Completed tor the Virginian Railway by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufactuiing Company the Westinghouse Company, the mechanical i)arls ot thelocomotive, such as trucks and cabs were supplied bythe American Locomotive Company. It called for thirty-six motive f)ower units, the normal road locomotive toconsist of three of these units semi-i^ermanently coupledtogether to form the largest and most powerful loco-motive in the world. This locomotive measures 152 feetin length, weighs 1,276,000 pounds, and develops amaximum tractive effort of 277.500 pounds. The electrification includes 133.6 miles of route and213 track miles. The power plant for supplying the11,000-volt alternating current is rapidly nearing com-pletion. A part of the overhead catenary structure hasbeen installed and the remainder of the locomotives willbe shipped on a schedule of one and two locomotivesper month. Tt is e.xpected that complete electric opera- trified, between Mullens, West Vir
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