L-3a Mohawk #3001 - Dallas to Elkhart 1984
New York Central 3001 is a 4-8-2 "Mohawk", (Mountain), type steam locomotive built in 1940 by the American Locomotive Company for the New York Central Railroad. Normally known as "Mountain" types, New York Central 4-8-2 steam locomotives were dubbed "Mohawk" types after the Mohawk River, which the New York Central followed. Built for dual service work, the 3001 was used heavily for freight and passenger trains until being retired in 1957. Today the locomotive is currently on display at the National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.
It is the largest New York Central steam locomotive still in existence
and is one of only two surviving New York Central "Mohawks"; the other, No. 2933, is currently on display at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO.
The New York Central sold L3a No. 3001 to Texas & Pacific Railroad
in March 1957, to replace heavily vandalized and subsequently scrapped
Texas & Pacific 2-10-4 No. 638 that was on display at the Texas
State Fairgrounds there. The Texas & Pacific Railroad donated No.
3001 (disguised as Texas & Pacific No. 909) to the city of Dallas, TX.
The city later donated No. 3001 (still disguised as Texas & Pacific
No. 909) to the Museum of the American Railroad in Dallas. In May 1984,
after trading Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 No. 4903 to the Museum of the American Railroad, No. 3001 made its way east to Elkhart, IN
after being acquired by the Lakeshore Railroad Historical Foundation.
The sale to the Texas & Pacific Railroad is the sole reason why No.
3001 was not scrapped by the New York Central.
This amateur 8mm movie has been converted to a DVD. The quality is not the best as it was taken by a non-professional but it covers getting the loco ready to move and rides along as the loco is towed to Elkhart, IN. It runs a little over 30 minutes and was taken from two 200 foot 8mm movie reels.
DVD Sale Price $15.00.
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