Chartiers Township in Washington County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
25 Ton G.E. Diesel-Electric Locomotive 89
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Typical of most of the 550 such locomotives produced by General Electric at their Erie, PA plant, this locomotive, once overhauled and modified, will serve PTM as a shop switcher, rescue locomotive, and snowplow on our Broad Gauge trolley system.
The 25 ton model was the smallest in GE's extensive line of industrial locomotives and was produced in numerous variations from 1938 to 1974. Our particular version is one of the more common, built in large numbers
Locomotive 89 is powered by a 15 HP Cummins diesel engine. The diesel engine drives a DC generator whose output is directed to a DC traction motor geared to the rear axle. The front axle is coupled to the rear by a roller chain and sprockets hidden under the frame. It is equipped with air brakes, plus air operated window wipers, sanders, bell, and whistle. The engine is started by a 32V set of batteries that turn the generator into an electric motor to crank the engine.
When full of fuel and sand, locomotive 89 weighs just over 51,000 pounds. Its top speed is 20 mph due to the use of double reduction gearing. In its normal industrial application, it would be able, on level track, to move up to 15 freight cars weighing up to 286,000 pounds each.
in addition to our trolley cars, PTM owns and maintains a number of other forms of equipment. Our Mobile Equipment Department is in charge of these machines, which include forklifts, cranes, front loaders, air compressors, and several types of track-mounted machines for various purposes. There are openings for those eager to help in the operation and maintenance of our fleet. See the Museum Store for membership details.
Erected by Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
Topics. This Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1953.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 40° 12.417′ N, 80° 15.298′ W. Marker was in Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of Museum Road. Marker was on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Admission fee required. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1 Museum Road, Washington PA 15301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. West Shelter (a few steps from this marker); Richfol Shelter (a few steps from this marker); Washington (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Washington (approx. 2˝ miles away); Washington and Jefferson College (approx. 2.6 miles away); Captain Philo McGiffin (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Washington and Jefferson College (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chartiers Township.
More about this marker. The museum reports this correction to the sign information: “....a Cummins engine of 220 HP rating governed to 150 HP for this application.”
Also see . . . Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. (Submitted on September 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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