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Sep 04 2011 (2:30PM)
News Entry# 36921 Thunder Across The Prairie – The Mikado 2-8-2
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Sep 04 2011 (2:31PM)
The Mikado 2-8-2 steam locomotive was one of the most common steam locomotives built and used in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It was a workhorse, a locomotive that could do it all. Primarily used in freight operations, it was occasionally employed in passenger service, right up to the end of steam operations. Large and small railroads operated Mikados due to their extreme versatility. Some seemed to be light and delicate, treading on narrow guage rail, others were plodding behemoths that thundered across the prairies. The choice depended on the job that needed to be accomplished.During the golden era of steam, from 1904 through 1948 almost 10,000 Mikados were built. The Pennsylvania Railroad alone possessed over 550 of these modern day iron horses.When the United States became involved in World War I, the UnitedStatesRailroad Administration under the guidance of William Gibbs Mcadoodecided to standardize the design and manufacture of locomotives in order...