COHS #29 Thomas Dixon Jr and Karen Parker 96 pages softcover
This book discusses and illustrated the C&O's 2-8-0 Consolidation type steam locomotives from their first appearance in 1881 until the last were retired in 1956. In 1910 2-8-0s accounted for half of all C&O engines and were the backbone of its freight traffic. Eclipsed by larger, more powerful locomotives, their importance declined after the last were built in 1909, but some lasted to the end of steam, used in secondary branchline, local, mixed train and switching service. The importance of the 2-8-0 Consolidation has not been treated in previous books.