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Salt Lake, Garfield and Western DS2

Salt Lake, Garfield and Western DS2


Salt Lake, Garfield and Western DS-2 is a General Electric built 44-ton Diesel locomotive.


Locomotive DS-2 was built new for the New York, Ontario and Western Railroad as their number 105 (conflicts in records exist, may be 101) by General Electric on August 15, 1942. NYO&W purchased five 44-tonners from General Electric in 1941 for $181,000. The reason to purchase 44-ton locomotives was the 90,000-pound rule in the 1937 labor contract with enginemen. This clause permitted railroads to operate locomotives below this weight without a fireman. Locomotives 101 and 105 were sold to Hyman Michaels, a railroad equipment broker, in 1951 for $26,000 each. The Salt Garfield and Western purchased two locomotives and numbered them DS-1 and DS-2. With these locomotives the railroad was able to discontinue electric operation. The locomotives handled freight and occasional passenger service until they were retired in the 1990s. The locomotive was rebuilt by General Electric in 1966. Locomotive DS-2 was acquired by the Western Railway Museum from the Feather River Railroad Society on May 9, 2005.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Owners: Salt Lake, Garfield & Western DS-2. New York, Ontario & Western 105 (101).
  • Technical Data: Builder, General Electric Company, Erie Works, August 15, 1942, construction number 15032. Tractive effort, 26,400 pounds. Minimum curve radius, 50 foot. Weight on drivers, 88,000 pounds. Speed, 35 mph maximum permissible.
  • Trucks: Gearing, double reduction gear unit 11.25 to 1 ratio. Wheels, 33” diameter steel. Trucks, GE fabricated.
  • Air Brake Equipment: 14EL. Engineman’s brake valve, K-14-F. Distributing valve, 6KR. Feed valve, M-3. Brake cylinder, 6 X 8. Air compressor, two Gardner-Denver ADS 9003.
  • Dimensions: Length, 33’ 3”. Height, 13” 2 1/2”. Width, 10’ 1”.
  • Propulsion Equipment: Two Caterpillar D17000 V-8 Diesel heavy-duty non-turbocharger industrial engine, four cycle design, 5 3/4 “ bore. 8” stroke, 1662–cubic–inch displacement. Main generators, two GE direct current type GT-555. Exciter, two GE type GMG-140. Traction motor, for GE733-J1. MU plug, 12 pins. Fuel tank, 250 gallons. Engine cooling water, 100 gallons. Sand, 800 pounds.
  • Current Condition: The locomotive needs both engine rebuilt and is not presently operational.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: SLG&W DS-2 will be returned to operating condition. It will be repainted into its first SLG&W paint scheme.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: In NYO&W livery.

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