The Chessie's Famous “Big Mike”
C&O NO. 2705
—Built by American Locomotive Co., 1943-C&O Class K-4, 2-8-4 type —
C&O modern fleet of 2-8-4’s was built to handle booming wartime traffic and supplant obsolescent 2-8-2 Mikados. They were based on almost-identical powerful, high-speed freighters of two other C&O affiliates---the Nickel Plate Road and the Pere Marquette.
Called “Berkshires” elsewhere, the big 2-8-4’s were “Kanawhas” on C&O---named for the West Virginia river that winds through its territory. But to their affectionate and admiring crews, they were simply called “Big Mikes”
Engine weight: 230 tons
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Cylinders: 26 x 34 inches
Tractive effort: 69,350 pounds (without booster) 83,750 pounds (with booster)
Location. 39° 17.124′ N, 76° 37.896′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads Eclipse a National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Car That Carried Ike on His Last Trip (within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Railroad Workers Shrine (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brig. General Lewis A. Armistead (approx. 0.3 miles away); National Independence in the Revolution and War of 1812 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.