Originally formed in 1901 from several narrow gauge lines, the now standard gauge Maryland & Pennsylvania RR railroad (Ma & Pa to its fans) traced a meandering seventy-seven mile route to connect Baltimore Md. and York Pennsylvania, two cities only forty-five highway miles apart. The line’s surveyors could hardly have chosen a more picturesque route and was often referred to as the “model railroad built to the scale of 12 inches to the foot”.
The Ma & Pa like many railroads began to dieselize it line with the purchase of an EMD SW1 #70 and 2 EMD NW2 Switchers #80 and 81. The switchers suited the Ma & Pa’s tight curves well and served for many years. In 1997 NW2 #81 was donated to the The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
About this creation
The EMD NW2 is a 1,000 hp switching locomotive manufactured by General Motors Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois. The NW2 was manufactured from February, 1939 to December, 1949, and 1143 were produced.
This is the real #81 as it sits now a the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg PA
The NW2 used a 12-cylinder, model 567, and later, a model 567A engine.
Here #81 is handling yard chores on IndyLUG's train layout at Brickworld 2008