1888 PRR Class R (2-8-0) Locomotive with History (Framed 14"x17")
This fine old freight engine was built in 1888 as a Class R (2-8-0) Consolidation. It was reclassified as a H3 in 1897 when the PRR revised its classification system. The Class R Consolidations were the heaviest, most powerful freight engines of their time. They were the first locomotives in production to incorporate the famous Belpaire firebox design, which gave the PRR steam engines thier distinctive square-shouldered look. A total of 890 Class R locomotives were built by the Pennsylvania Railroad for use in main line freight service. World War I prolonged the life of the Class R, however, by 1925, only one had survived. Delegated to service in a stone quarry, No 1187 was still working after 50 years. In 1939 she was restored for the New York World's Fair and today is proudly on display at the Strasburg Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
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