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Near Ronks in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688

1915

 
 
Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
1. Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688 Marker
Inscription.  A Standard Freight Locomotive:
With more than 3000 Consolidations on the roster by 1907, the 2-8-0 was clearly the Pennsylvania's locomotive of choice for freight service. Despite the success of current designs, the railroad continuously strove to make a better and bigger locomotive. The ultimate result of those refinements was the H10 class. It took three builders to fulfill the Pennsylvania's requirements of more than 1,200 units during their period of construction, 1907 to 1915. Most were built by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio, or by the Pennsylvania itself in their Juniata Shops. Additional units were supplied by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Schenectady, New York.

All of the H10's were built for the Pennsylvania Lines West, a semi-independent corporation within the Pennsylvania Railroad that operated all of the tracks west of Pittsburg. The locomotives retained their "Pennsylvania Lines" lettering and assignments until the operations were consolidated in 1920. The H10's formed the backbone of the railroad's freight roster through World War I until new L1's and M1's bumped them into local freight, work
Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
2. Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688
The marker is just inside the fence.
train, and yard service. Most of the class survived into the 1940's and 1950's when the conversion to diesels began in earnest.

Builder: Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, OH
Build Date: September 1915
Retirement Date: October 15, 1957
Wheel Arrangement: 2-8-0
Class: H10s "Consolidation"
Number Built: 1,200+
Weight of Engine: 113.5 tons
Length: (including tender) 70 ft. 3 in.
Driving Wheel Diameter: 62 in.
Tractive Effort: 53,197 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: Coal: 19 tons, Water: 9,090 gal.
Boiler Pressure: 205 psi.
PHMC Cat No. RR79.40.14
* Listed on the National Register of Historic Places *

No. 7688:
No. 7688 was one of a group of 25 class H10s' built for the Pennsylvania by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1915. Originally assigned to the Cleveland and Pittsburgh, a Pennsylvania Lines West subsidiary, the locomotive was used on heavy coal and ore trains between Lake Erie and the blast furnaces of the Steel City.

Like most freight locomotives, little else is known about its service life. Once all Lines West operations were consolidated in 1920, the locomotive made its way east to various poitns on the system working on freight, coal, ore, and maintenance of way trains.

Retired at the very end of steam in October of 1957, No. 7688 was selected for preservation in the Pennsylvania's Historic Collection. It is a fitting
Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
3. Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688
addition that completes the story of the development of the Consolidation. The collection also includes the 1888-built H3, No. 1187, representing the type's earliest design, and H6sb No. 2846, representing one of the largest rosters of Consolidations in the world. All three consolidations were moved to Strasburg in 1969, becoming part of the Museum's permanent collection.

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The Pennsylvania's H10s were among the largest Consolidations ever built.
 
Erected by Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 58.963′ N, 76° 9.662′ W. Marker was near Ronks, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker was on Gap Road (Pennsylvania Route 741) east of Bishop Road, on the right when traveling east. Was located in front of the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 300 Gap Road, Ronks PA 17572, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Strasburg Rail Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Reading Observation No. 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of Railroad Pump Cars (about 600 feet away);
Pennsylvania Railroad No. 1187 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
4. Pennsylvania Railroad No. 1187
As mentioned on the marker, No. 1187 is on display as one of the museum's indoor exhibits. Notice the locomotive is mounted over an observation pit. Visitors can examine the underside of this locomotive.
37 East Main Street (approx. 0.8 miles away); 33 East Main Street (approx. 0.8 miles away); Original Head Race & Water Turbine (approx. 1.9 miles away); Leaman Place Bridge (1893) (approx. 3˝ miles away); Leacock Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ronks.
 
More about this marker. In the lower left, A builder's photograph of H10 No. 9724 shows the distinctive features of its Lines West heritage, including the centered headlight, white rimmed wheels and extended coal bunker on the tender.

In the lower center is a photo of H10 No. 1110. After the consolidation of Lines West operations with the rest of the Pennsylvania system in 1920, the locomotives began to look like the rest of the fleet. H10 No. 1110 has a new standard front end, but retains its Lines West tender. In the middle of the marker, H10 No. 8892 sports the classic Pennsy look.

To the right, No. 7688 is readied for service at the Northumberland roundhouse. The locomotive would return to this same location after retirement to represent its class in the Pennsylvania's Historic Collection.
 
Also see . . .  Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. (Submitted on June 14, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Pennsylvania Railroad No. 1187 Interpretive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
5. Pennsylvania Railroad No. 1187 Interpretive Marker
Pennsylvania Railroad No. 2846 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
6. Pennsylvania Railroad No. 2846
Another Consolidation on display inside the museum. This locomotive's front is open for visitors to inspect the boiler.
Boiler of No. 2846 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
7. Boiler of No. 2846
Pennsylvania Railroad No. 2846 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2008
8. Pennsylvania Railroad No. 2846 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,258 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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