1923 Northern Pacific Railway
NO. 1844 2-8-2
THE 1844 was the Mikado which in 1925 set a world record for long
distance freight runs by hauling a full tonnage freight from the
Pacific Coast to the Twin Cities without uncoupling from its train.
Locomotives of this classthe W5were the Northern Pacific's
heaviest 2-8-2's and were originally assigned to the Yellowstone
Division, where the ruling grade is about 1 per cent in both directions,
until the big Z5 articulateds replaced them. The 1844 was photographed
at Muir, Montana, in November, 1940, just after it had helped
a time freight to the top of Bozeman Pass. It is presently assigned
to the Lake Superior Division and is one of twenty-five such engines
Builder-American Locomotive Co.
Cylinders-28" x 30"
Weight, total-545,100 lb.
Steam Pressure-200 lb.
Tractive Effort-63,460 lb.
R.R. Class-W5 Nos. 1835 to 1859
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