Charleston & Western Carolina 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA

The Charleston & Western Carolina Railway connected the Western South Carolina cities of Spartanburg, Greenville and Anderson with the port at Port Royal, SC.

C&WC had ten "Mikados" on its roster, all of which were purchased second hand from the Atlantic Coast Line and the Clinchfield Railroad. Two were acquired from the Atlantic Coast Line in 1923 and were assigned road numbers 812 and 818, the same numbers they had on the ACL. In 1943, the C&WC bought five 2-8-2s from the Clinchfield. These locomotives were given road numbers 850-854. Three more "Mikados" were added to the roster in 1949, with the purchase of ACL numbers 831, 833 and 835. These last three were assigned road numbers 855-857.

There are no surviving C&WC 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives.


Roster by Richard Duley

ClassQty.Road NumbersFrom Other RRYear AcquiredYear BuiltBuilderNotes
M2812 & 818ACL19231919Baldwin1
M-15850-854Clinchfield19431919Baldwin2
M-23855-857Clinchfield19491923Baldwin3
Notes
  1. Numbers 812 and 818 bought from the ACL in 1923. Ex ACL numbers 812 and 818. Number 812 scrapped in 1951. Number 818 scrapped in 1952.
  2. Numbers 850-854 bought from the Clinchfield Railroad in 1943. Ex Clinchfield numbers 400, 401, 404, 405 and 408. Numbers 853's boiler exploded in 1948 and was scrapped shortly there after. Number 852 was scrapped in 1950. Number 851 was scrapped in 1951. Numbers 850 & 854 were scrapped in 1952.
  3. Numbers 855-857 bought from the Clinchfield Railroad in 1949. Ex ACL numbers 833, 831 and 835 in that order. Number 855, 856 and 857 were scrapped in 1952.

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