Whitcomb Locomotives Part One by Don Hensley Black & White Photographs
by Mac Connery Color Photographs by Don
Hensley All from original negatives
in my collection.
Whitcomb Locomotive Works were located at Rochelle, IL. Originaly known
as the George D. Whitcomb Co. which produced mining equipment including
gas and electric locomotives after the turn of the century.In 1931 the
company became bankrupt and was purchased by the Baldwin Locomotive
from 1931which operated the company as the Whitcomb Locomotive Works
1940. Baldwin completly took over the company in 1940 and was operated
as a division of Baldwin. In Febuary of 1952 locomotive production was
shifted from Rochelle to the Eddystone Works. Note about model numbers.
The first two numbers is the weight, the next two letters stand for
combination (DM = Diesel Mechanical, DE = Diesel Electric)but the last
two numbers which sometimes has a lower case letter at the end has me
Does anyone have the answer?
25 Tons Here are examples of 25 ton models, one narrow
gauge and the other is standard. Southern Wood Piedmont Co. August 20, 1978 Gulf, NC 30 inch gauge built 6/1950 c/n 40699 ex Seaboard Air Line # 1006 Used at SAL's creosote tie plant
Buncher Railcar Service Co. April 24, 1980 Lynchburg, VA built 1952 c/n 40748 model 25-DM-42a standard gauge 30 Tons Two examples of standard gauge 30 tonners.
Cape Fear Car Service Co. September 28th, 1977 Fayetteville, NC built 1/1943 c/n 40249 model 30-DM-44 ex-US Navy, Lakehurst, NJ # 65-00284
Blue Ridge Stone Corp. September 8, 1982 Blue Ridge, VA built 7/1941 c/n 40128 standard gauge acquired 1953 orig. Houston Shipbuilding Corp. # 3, Houston, TX Model 30-DM-31 35 Tons Note that all the locomotives below 45 tons are all single engined. Addlestone International Corp. July 11, 1985 Georgetown, SC built 3/1949 c/n 61090 standard gauge acquired 1/1985 from Republic Locomotive ex Stone Container, Port Wentworth, GA original Southern Paperboard # 1(GA)
IMC Fertilizer # 52 Phosphoria Mine, Bartow, FL 1989 Built 9/1947 c/n 60741 Note the use of high hoods typically used for overseas military
45 Tons Here are a couple of examples of the 45 ton design. The first is a 4 wheeler, the second has an 8 wheel design. The 8 wheel locomotive has side rods, this is because it has only a traction motor on one axle on each truck. The side rod connects the unpowered axle. Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. # 58257 December 20, 1978 Newport News, VA built 10/1942 c/n 60200 Trego Stone Corp. December 15, 1979 Skippers, VA built 11/42 c/n 60203 300 hp. ex Warrenton RR # 5 50 Tons Wow, look at this heavily modified 50 tonner. And you thought only turtles and hermit crabs carried their homes
with them. The 50 tonner normaly use 4 engines using two pairs per side. Trego Stone Corp. March 29, 1978 Skippers, VA built 5/1951 c/n 61095 model # 50DE79 Southern Wood Piedmont Co. October 10, 1978 Wilmington, NC built 4/1943 c/n 60299 model 45DE27b ex USNavy W.R. Grace Co. Nitrex Plant January 28, 1977 Wilmington, NC built 6/1944 c/n 60327 Model # 45DE27b Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Corp # 502 July 14, 1980 Newport News, VA built 6/1954 c/n 61295 To
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