Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Old Maude

Officially named the J. E Muhlfield after the superintendent of Motive Power at the B&O Railway who worked with Alco to build no 2400, the first Mallet locomotive in America in 1904. Basically two six wheel engines under a single boiler, it weighed 167 tons and the articulated layout enabled it to work the sharp curves on the railway. Although its top speed was only 20 mph it was a great success and soon acquired the nickname of Old Maude, named after a mule in a popular comic strip of the time.

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