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Davenport 45-Ton End-Cab Locomotive

Illinois Slag & Ballast (Marty Bernard photo)


For whatever reason, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps appeared partial towards 45-ton end-cab; the U.S. Military agency order a total of sixteen units from two separate contractors (nine from Davenport Locomotive Works and seven from Vulcan Iron Works). Delivery of the Davenport-built units began in early 1942 and finished three months later. All 16 45-Ton models were put to work at Army ordnance plants across the U.S. they would weigh 45 tons and ride standard four- Wheel trucks. tthe Vulcan Iron Works built six 45-ton end-cab locomotives for the U.S. Military. The last of this group of 45-tonners was completed in November; all were lettered for the Army's Quartermaster Corps (QMC #4550-4555). At the close of WWII, the Vulcan's were transferred to the Army's Transportation Corps, and reassigned to eight different bases / air fields. By 1982, only of the four-axle end-cabs was still generating revenue for its owner -- Laona Northern #101.

Spotting features that differentiate the Davenport 45-Ton End-Cab from other short line /industrial models:

  1. Elevated cab with three steps
  2. Vertical radiator grille with center spline
  3. Compressor housing on walkway (engineer's side)
  4. Ladder-type steps
  5. Hood with button-hole vents
  6. Large shroud around exhaust stack

Davenport 45-Ton End-Cab Locomotive Specifications:

  • Horsepower: 300/340
  • Engine: Cooper-Bessemer ENL6
  • Total length: 33'-5"
  • Truck wheelbase: 7'-0"
  • Bolster center: 16'-6'
  • Wheel size: 36"
  • Fuel: 150 gal.

* * * Roster and Credits * * *


Serial Nmbr

Bld date

Owners (in order)
2371 2/42 U.S. QMC #?
U.S. Army 7218
Becker Sand & Gravel 1
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2372 3/42 U.S. QMC #?
U.S. Army 7192
Wisconsin Steel 10
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2373 3/42 U.S. QMC #?
U.S. Army 7219
Bettendorf Co. #?
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2374 3/42 U.S. QMC #?
U.S. Air Force 7220
Hillsboro & North Eastern 6
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2375 3/42 U.S. QMC #?
U.S. Army 7221
Alan Taggart #?
Illinois Slag & Ballast 2
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2376 4/42 U.S.QMC #?
U.S. Army 7193
Colorado River & Western 101
Texas Construction Materials 503
Horne Railroad Construction no #
Inman Services #?
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2377 4/42 U.S.QMC #?
U.S. Army 7094
R.A. Parkinson & Son #?
Bessemer Cement #?
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2378 4/42 U.S.QMC #4526
U.S. Army 7442
Ohio Hydrate & Supply
Ohio Lime #?
Columbia Silicate #?
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2379 4/42 U.S.QMC #4527
U.S. Army 7443
Carolina Western 7436


Reference sources & Credits:
  • Critters, Dinkys & Centercabs by Jay Reed
  • The Second Diesel Spotters Guide by Jerry A. Pinkepank
  • Locomotive Encyclopedia (1952 & 1956) by Simons-Boardman
  • "Extra 2200 South Locomotive Newsletter," (February 1982)
Formatted by: R.Craig

New: 6 April 2020


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