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2-6-0 (Mogul)

Steam Locomotive

Series: "Mogul"

"The 2-6-0 Mogil steam locomotive became a success for its many decades serving global rail lines."

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The 2-6-0 "Mogul" was a coal-fed, steam-based locomotive design. On paper, the design succeeded the earlier 2-4-0 types and preceded the subsequent 2-6-2 arrangement. The 2-6-0 was classified as such due to its three large wheels per frame side led by a paired smaller set at the front (positioned on a "swing-axle" swiveling truck / bogie assembly). When compared to its predecessors, the newer 2-6-0 wheel approach offered better track adhesion than before, resulting in increased pulling power for freight duties (though some noted their propensity to derail).

The locomotive took on the usual design shape of the period with the driving cab set over the rear of the operating platform. Ahead was the cylindrical boiler unit (laid horizontally) capped by the funnel at front. Various lighting devices were affixed to the front to illuminate the track ahead. The coal tender sat immediately behind the locomotive unit.

In its earliest forms, the 2-6-0 appeared in the early 1850s ("Pawnee" being the first named example for Philadelphia & Reading Rail Road) in America but the first "true form" example being documented in 1860 for Louisville and Nashville Railroad (these with the articulated swing axles at front). It appeared in England during the 1870s to make a storied name for itself overseas. Before the end, the design was featured across Australia, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, and Africa for its part in railroad history.

Its longevity and global use made it one of the most successful wheel designs of the period and the type saw continued production in the United States even into the 1920s.

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Specifications [ 2-6-0 (Mogul) ]

Australia; Canada; Congo (Belgian); Finland; Indonesia; Ireland; Italy; New Zealand; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States

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Operating Countries
Caledonian Railway; Canadian National; Central Railroad of New Jersey; CF du Congo Superieur aux Grands Lacs Africains (CFL); Garstang and Knot-End Railway; Glasgow and South Western Railway; Great Eastern Railway; Great Northern Railway; Great Western Railway; London, Brighton and South Coast Railway; Louisville and Nashville Railroad; Midland Railway; Midland and South Western Junction Railway; Natal Government Railways; New Zealand Railways Department; Philadelphia and Reading Rail Road;South African Railways; South Australian Railways; South Eastern and Chatham Railway; Strasburg Rail Road; Tasmanian Government Railways; Western Australian Government Railways
Customers / Operators
Baldwin Locomotive Works / Norris Locomotive Works - USA

United States
1860 - 1920
Production Run

20,000 units
Production Total
Train driver seating position graphic

Driver Position
18.9 meters
(62.0 feet)

70,900 kilograms
(156,335 lb | 78 US Tons)
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Power Source


Service Roles
Coal-fired, steam-based unit.
Engine / Drive Source
80.5 kph
(50.0 mph)
Max Speed
Wheel Arrangement (Loco Facing Left)
Series Variants
2-6-0 "Mogul" - Base Series Designation and Name.

Image of the 2-6-0 (Mogul)

Image of the 2-6-0 (Mogul)
Left side profile illustration view of the 2-6-0 Mogul steam locomotive.
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