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Texas Type by yankeedog Texas Type by yankeedog
The Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad operated 153 miles of track from Lake Erie to North Bessemer in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. From early spring till first freeze the B&LE hauled iron ore from boats on Lake Erie to the steel mills of Western Pennsylvania on return trips they carried Pennsylvania coal back to Lake Erie.

In 1929, with tonnage increasing, new locomotives were badly needed. The B&LE turned to Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia Pennsylvania for heavier power and purchased their first Texas Type 2-10-4 locomotive No. 601. This 502,630 pound locomotive was designated as Class H1a.

With the success of 601, it was decided in 1930 to purchase nine more Texas Types, numbers 602 through 610. These locomotives were designated Class H1b and were very similar to No. 601.

Ten more Class H1c 2-10-4s, numbers 611 through 620 were purchased from BLW in 1936 and another ten Class H1d, numbers 621 through 630 from the American Locomotive Company in 1937.

In 1940, the B&LE purchased more Texas Types, Class H1e, numbers 631 through 635. In 1941, Class H1f numbers 636 & 637. In 1942 Class H1g, numbers 638 through 647.

In all the B&LE owned a total of 47 Texas Type locomotives. All were built to the same basic specifications as the original No. 601 with 31" x 32" stroke cylinders, 64" drivers with a boiler pressure of 250 psi and a tractive effort of 96,700 pounds!

In 1951, B&LE transferred 18 Texas type locomotives to the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway, they were in service by the DM&IR until 1961.

There is one surviving B&LE Texas Type locomotive, No. 643. It is stored west of the P&LE shops in Mc Kees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

From what I found out on a B&LE board, No. 643 is owned by the Ohio Central Railroad.
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Cnyle1 Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very awesome! The B&LE 2-10-4 locomotives truely were amazing pieces of machinery!
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dinodanthetrainman Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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dinodanthetrainman Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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RailroadNutjob Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
2-10-4s - they pretty much kick ass.
XD
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The are massive machines.
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RailroadNutjob Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, of course!
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I grew up in Harmarville. I used to love seeing B&LE train going across the high bridge across the Allegheny.
-YD
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Mikado55 Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Total epic win, this is AWESOME!
What program you use?
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