Internal Combustion Locomotives

GE 1944 United States Army 8537
GE 1944
United States Army 8537
Description:Diesel-Electric 45 Ton

Equipment Information

US Army 8537 is a diesel switching locomotive designed to move freight cars around Army bases. It has two diesel engines, or “prime movers,” one at each end of the locomotive. Between February 1944 and May 1945, 8537 saw use in Iran helping to transport Lend-Lease aid to Russia. This likely makes it the most widely traveled locomotive preserved at IRM. Its last assignment before coming to the museum was the Joliet Army Ammunition Depot.

Builder: General Electric
Year Built: 1944
Model: 45 Tonner
Horsepower: 380
Length: 28ft 5in
Width: 9ft 6in
Height: 12ft
Weight: 90000 lbs
Brakes: 14EL
Engine: Two Cummings HBI 600
Motors: 2 GE 733
Trucks: 6E Industrial
Description: Diesel-Electric
Arrived: 1991
Condition: Complete / restored / operational

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