4-6-0 "Ten-wheeler" Locomotives in Mexico

The 4-6-0 wheel arrangement was a natural progression from the 4-4-0 (American type) when railroads desired a locomotive with more power. The first example was built in 1847 by the Norris Brothers for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. The early 4-6-0s were quite similar to the 4-4-0s of the time except they were a bit larger. The 4-6-0 became the best general service locomotive of its time. Around 16,000 were built. They were used on both fast freight and passenger trains.

The ten-wheeler was doomed when Atlantic (4-4-2) types got the nod for further mainline passenger power and when Consolidations (2-8-0) began head-ending tonnage trains. The 4-6-0 became practically a dead item for more than a generation.


Railroads that used 4-6-0 "Ten-wheeler" locomotives in Mexico (data provided by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media)

Surviving Examples of 4-6-0 "Ten-wheeler" Locomotives in Mexico

No.ClassF.M. WhyteGaugeRailroad LineLocationStatusBuilder InfoNotes
701F-14-6-0T4'-8½"NdeMCiudad Juarez, CHHdisplay
352 (717)F-24-6-04'-8½"FUY (FCM) social services center, Tulyehualco, DFdisplayBaldwin #6924, 09/1883
54-6-036"San Rafael & Atlixco Explora Science Park, Leon, GTOdisplayBaldwin #17381, 01/1900 From Museo de Ciencia y Technologia, Jalapa
2 (1642)T-164-6-04'-8½"Mexicano del Pacificopark near sugar mill, Los Mochis, SINdisplayALCO #1306, 1880
270 (40)4-6-036"Unidos de Yucatan Museo de los Ferrocarriles de Yucatan, Merida, YUCstored serviceableBaldwin #23050, 1903 Named Cansahcab

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