Information needed. US Army 2-8-0 #6997

333 views
7 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Huntsville, AR
  • 804 posts
Information needed. US Army 2-8-0 #6997
Posted by oldline1 on Friday, August 04, 2017 5:08 PM

Does anyone have information on this engine? It was a light 2-8-0 used at Ft. Eustis, VA for training in the 1950's and maybe 1960's. Obviously a Lima engine. Small drivers, USRA looking tender and an outside bearing lead truck.

This is NOT an S-160 type even though it's an Army engine.

Very nice looking machine! I'd post the one photo I have but have never figured out how to do that.

Roger Huber

Deer Creek Locomotive Works

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: California
  • 3,849 posts
Posted by DSchmitt on Friday, August 04, 2017 10:39 PM

 

6997 was built by Lima in February, 1942, #7878. It was renumbered 620 in 1954 and scrapped in Newport News, VA, in 1966.

http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/usa6997.jpg

http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/usa620.jpg

 

 

I tried to sell my two cents worth, but no one would give me a plug nickel for it.

I don't have a leg to stand on.

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • 2,834 posts
Posted by NorthWest on Friday, August 04, 2017 11:49 PM

It's a 'Pershing' 2-8-0, of which a bunch were ordered during WWI for service in Europe. Several remained in the US, including two that survive, 101 at the National Railway Museum in Green Bay, WI (which went to Korea for a while) and 300 at the Texas State Railroad, where it was operational at least sometime recently.

Weird to see one with an outboard bearing front truck.

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Huntsville, AR
  • 804 posts
Posted by oldline1 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 3:54 PM

NorthWest
It's a 'Pershing' 2-8-0, of which a bunch were ordered during WWI for service in Europe.

NOPE..........it's definitely NOT a Pershing engine. The 6997 is a WWII engine and is smaller, smaller drivers, outside bearing lead wheels and many other differences.

The Texas State RR has a Pershing engine running as their #300(?) in a gaudy red dress.  Reminds me more of a Harriman 2-8-0 than the 6997.

I believe the Alaska RR had a sister to the 6997 running up there.

Roger Huber

Deer Creek Locomotive Works

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Huntsville, AR
  • 804 posts
Posted by oldline1 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 3:57 PM

DSchmitt
6997 was built by Lima in February, 1942, #7878. It was renumbered 620 in 1954 and scrapped in Newport News, VA, in 1966.

Thanks for the info and links. Very nifty little engine. It also answered one other question I had as to when the USATC changed the engine numbers from the original 4 digits to the latter 3 digit ones.

Roger Huber

Deer Creek Locomotive Works

  • Member since
    September, 2010
  • From: Parma Heights Ohio
  • 1,814 posts
Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, August 05, 2017 7:04 PM

Fair amount of info and pics of survivors here: http://www.rgusrail.com/roster.html  Slide the bar over to the right till you get to "USA" and you'll see links to the pages on their site about USA, USAF and USN equipment in museums or otherwise on display.

A waking Lithium Flower just about to bloom

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • 3,126 posts
Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, August 05, 2017 8:13 PM

oldline1

...

I believe the Alaska RR had a sister to the 6997 running up there.

...

 

It's still under restoration:

http://557.alaskarails.org/

 

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Huntsville, AR
  • 804 posts
Posted by oldline1 on Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:36 AM

MidlandMike
MidlandMike wrote the following post 6 days ago: oldline1 ... I believe the Alaska RR had a sister to the 6997 running up there. ...   It's still under restoration: http://557.alaskarails.org/  

Nope! The engine you referenced is an S-160. The engine I asked about is an entirey different class of 2-8-0. Not and S-160 WWII Era engine or the Pershing WWI Era engine. 

The ARR #557 is an S-160 like the ARR #556 in the Anchorage park.

The ARR #501-505 were the same engines as the #6997 I was asking about.

oldline1

SUBSCRIBER & MEMBER LOGIN

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

FREE NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

Get the Classic Trains twice-monthly newsletter

Search the Community