Erie 2-8-8-8-2 #5016 Triplex  Contributor's Pick!       
Between 1914-1916, the Baldwin Locomotive Works built 3 triplex locomotives for the Erie Railroad. Labeled class XA for experimental, they were built to extremely high tractive force to move trains over steep inclines. The locomotive had one high pressure set of cylinders and two low pressure sets. The third set of drivers were under the tender, technically making it the world's largest tank engine in a way! This photo appears to be a Baldwin Works photo taken at Philadelphia.
Date: 6/1/1916 Location: Philadelphia, PA   Map Show Philadelphia on a rail map Views: 608 Collection Of:   Gary Everhart
Locomotives: ERIE 5016(UNKNOWN)    Author:  Gary Everhart
Erie 2-8-8-8-2 #5016 Triplex
Picture Categories: Roster,Steam This picture is part of album:  Erie 2-8-8-8-2 Triplex, a rare loco!
User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
Fred Stuckmann General Wouldn't that have been something to see? 10/13/2013 1:32:48 PM
Alan Fricker General I think you're right Fred. 10/13/2013 8:57:16 PM
Robert Farkas General An interesting idea with one major flaw - It was too much locomotive for the boiler it had. 10/15/2013 9:35:30 PM

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