Railroad Western North Carolina Railroad Locomotives

   The following list of early locomotives for the Western North Carolina Railroad contains the engine's number (if known), date built, builder and wheel arrangement, where available. Of course, all were steam driven.

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   The American style locomotive was the standard engine built by all of the 
locomotive manufacturers. While the locomotive had many exterior variations, the wheel arrangement (4-4-0) and the over-all appearance remained the same. This particular engine-wheel type was designed to place as much weight as possible on 
the drivers and to maneuver the sharp curves and poor quality of track conditions 
of the mid-1800s.

One of five early WNCRR locomotives (4-4-0, circa 1856) is shown on the stone viaduct over Grant's Creek near Salisbury, NC. This is the only known picture of a WNCRR locomotive displaying lettering and trim decorations.


Name Number Date Built or
In Service




Wheel arrangements list the number of wheels on each of up to 3 sets for these locomotives. The arrangement refers to leading/guiding wheel, main drivers and secondary driving wheels.

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