4-8-0 "Mastodon" Locomotives in the USA


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The first example of this wheel arrangement was built in 1882 for the Central Pacific. They named it "Mastodon". Otherwise, these were called "Twelve Wheelers". On the Norfolk & Western, they were called "Mollies".

Railroads that used 4-8-0 "Mastodon" locomotives in the USA (data provided by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media)

Surviving Examples of 4-8-0 "Mastodon" Locomotives in the USA

No.ClassF.M. WhyteGaugeRailroad LineLocationStatusBuilder InfoNotes
2914 (2024)TW-84-8-04'-8½"SP Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CAdisplaySchenectady Locomotive Works #4807, 1898
475M4-8-04'-8½"N&W Strasburg Railroad, Strasburg, PAoperationalBaldwin (Burnham) #28343, 1906From Illinois RY Museum then Boone & Scenic VY. Featured in Thomas & The Magic Railroad, only operating 4-8-0 in USA
433M4-8-04'-8½"N&W The Virginia Creeper Trail 1, Abingdon, VAdisplayALCO (Richmond) #40329, 1907
1134M24-8-04'-8½"N&W Railroad Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth, VAdisplayBaldwin #35340, 10/1910 From Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal. Displayed with tender from N&W 2-6-6-4.
1118M24-8-04'-8½"N&WRoanoke Chapter NRHS, 9th Street Yard, Roanoke, VAcosmetic restorationBaldwin #35232, 1910 From Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal
1151M2c4-8-04'-8½"N&W Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke, VAdisplayN&W #183, 1911 From Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal. Displayed with tender from N&W Y-3.


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