"The Mallets": Chesapeake & Ohio H-4 and H-6...
Articulateds that run on smaller layouts
The Chesapeake & Ohio ordered 150 of these workhorses from ALCO and took delivery of them between 1912 and 1918. These compound mallets were the engine for the mountain regions. The mallet's high tractive effort together with its short, articulated wheel bases and light axle loading made it the perfect locomotive for the heavy coal drags winding around the curving tracks that followed every creek and canyon in search of coal.
This group of photos is of the H-4 Pilot Model
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This group of photos is of the H-6 Pilot model
The C&O in the early 1930's began adding Vanderbilt tenders and moving the air pumps to the smoke box front. Many of the H-4's were made surplus by the end of 1935, however 76 of the locomotives operated until the mid 1950's. Our models will be delivered with these modifications that were made. In 1921 through 1923 the C&O took delivery of 45 H-6 class mallets. The H-6 locomotives featured piston valves and Laird-type crossheads. The mallets served the railroad until the end of steam in the mid 1950's performing mine service.