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General Motors Corporation. Electro-Motive Division  Search this
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Model, cutaway
model, locomotive cutaway
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Locomotive Set, Freight, 1939; Model, cutaway; Rail; Diesel-Electric
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This large scale, cut-away model was part of a development study that led to final designs for the E-8 passenger locomotive. The model was later used as a training aid at the Electro-Motive Factory and was occasionally exhibited at trade fairs. In 1963 the model was given to the National Museum. The interior arrangement of the diesel-electric model is complete with engine, generator, controls, air compressor, steam generator, and all attendant pipes and wires.
The prototype machines, just over 70 feet long, were carried on two six wheel trucks. The center pair of wheels on each truck were not powered but were required to spread the machine’s 158 tons over an extra pair of axles. Two 567 B V-12 cylinder engines were employed that produced a total horsepower of 2250. Approximately 459 E-8s were built for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific; Baltimore & Ohio; Chicago and Eastern Illinois and other lines between 1949 and 1953. The E-8 was succeeded by the E-9 but declining passenger service and adoption of road switchers have ended production of specialized passenger locomotives.
Currently on loan
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Gift of General Motors Corporation, Electro-Motive Division
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
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National Museum of American History