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Kennecott Copper Corporation 700

KCC #700 on its arrival at the Western Railway Museum. (BAERA Photo) KCC #700 on its arrival at the Western Railway Museum. (BAERA Photo)

Description

75-ton, 750-volt steeple cab locomotive. Built with pantographs and batteries for overhead or remote operation. This locomotive is equipped with a conventional pantograph and side pantographs to allow it to operate with the trolley wire off to the side to facilitate loading ore cars.

History

General Electric at their Erie Works built KCC 700 in 1926 for the Utah Copper Company. The Utah Copper Company acquired this unit as a prototype for use in their Bingham Canyon, Utah copper pit mine. 700 proved to be superior to both competing stream and Diesel locomotive types, and in time it was joined by 64 other locomotives of this class. It was retired in August 1984, when the copper pit converted to conveyor belts for moving copper ore, and was donated to the Western Railway Museum. This locomotive has two four wheel trucks in a style that is known as articulated trucks. This style has the couplers on the truck frame and the trucks are pinned together in the center of the locomotive. This system allows for large coupler loads being transmitted through the locomotive without involving the carbody structure. The carbody was painted black while under Utah Copper Company ownership and yellow with black trim after Bingham Canyon became part of the Kennecott Copper Corporation. Utah Copper Company became part of the Kennecott Copper Company in 1936.

  • Owners: Kennecott Copper Corporation 700. Utah Copper Company 700.
  • Technical Data: Built by General Electric, construction number 10258, in 1926. Trolley voltage 750 DC. Battery voltage 225 DC.
  • Air Brake Equipment: 14EL air brakes. Air compressor CP-35A.
  • Dimensions: Length: 37 feet. Width: 11’ 9”. Height: 17’ 6”.
  • Propulsion Equipment: Traction motors HM-818. Control C-505A. The batteries were nickel iron Edison cells with 680-amp hour capacity for 6 hours. The weight of the batteries is approximately 24,000 pounds.
  • Current Condition: Good condition and operational.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Needs to be painted. Repaint to Utah Copper Co. paint scheme.
  • Date Last Modified: Wednesday, 04 May 2011

Hours

Year Round
Saturdays & Sundays
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Summer Hours
(June 14th - August 13th)
Wednesdays through Sundays
10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Museum Location

5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585

(707) 374-2978

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