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Brickmania New York Central Mohawk - L-2a 4-8-2 Steam Locomotive
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About the New York Central Mohawk:
The "Mohawk" moniker is the NYC's name for the 4-8-2 wheel arrangement (four pilot wheels, eight coupled driving wheels, and two trailing wheels). Conventionally, this type is known as a Mountain. The NYC decided to name them after the Mohawk river, which ran along their water level route, where the Mohawks were intended to run. The L-2a came about when the NYC wanted a locomotive to haul trains faster than their H10 class 2-8-2's. This new engine needed to be not only faster but larger as well, and it was found the previous generation of Mohawk, the L-1, had room to grow. Primary goals included achieving more power through minimum fuel consumption and weight. Height and width was also taken into account. The NYC's locomotives were designed to tighter clearances than most other lines, which is reflected on the L-2a and most of their other classes.
One prototype L-2a, #2700, was delivered in March, 1925 and featured a number of details that were not standard to NYC locomotives. The railroad learned from this prototype and went on to order 99 production locomotives, 2701-2799, from American Locomotive Company, or ALCO, which were delivered roughly in the first five months of 1926 and remained in service into the early 1950's. The L-2a class sports 69" driving wheels with a cylinder bore and stroke of 27"x30" and an 84' - 7" wheelbase including the tender. The L-2a's were also delivered with a booster trailing truck, which included cylinders powering that wheel for extra assistance when starting a train. The L-2'as were delivered with a 21 ton coal capacity in the tender.
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