Robin Barnes - Railway Art and History
In George Henderson's Triplex concept, the otherwise wasted weight
of the Mallet-type's tender was made use of by placing beneath it a
third engine unit. The first example, pictured here, was Erie Railroad
5014 (Baldwin 41308 of 1914), which, with two similar examples added
in 1916, pushed freight trains up the steep and winding Susquehanna
Hill to Gulf Summit for fifteen years. Although the trio suffered from a
number of design weaknesses (which it might well have been possible
to eliminate), they 'did the job', unlike the only other Triplex, Virginian's
No.700, which saw little use and after five years was dismantled to
provide parts for a 2-8-8-0 Mallet and simple 2-8-2.
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