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); Walters Public Bath House No. 2 (approx. 0.2 miles away); James L. (Jim) Caskey, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); Brig. General Lewis A. Armistead (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.