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Detailed Information

C&O No. X-5000

Name: C&O No. X-5000, Chessie No. 18742, also known as "Dinky"

Railroad of Record: Chesapeake & Ohio Railway

Type of Locomotive: B 0-4-0: 220 volt battery-electric shop switcher

Builder Number: 6966

Manufactured by: General Electric

Date Built: 1918

Locomotive Weight: 12 tons

The C&O No. X-5000 was built in 1918 by General Electric and was purchased by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway from the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. The "Dinky" was used as the C&O Huntington, West Virginia shop switcher from the 1960s until its retirement. There is not much information on the locomotive that is affectionately known as the "Dinky." The No. X-5000 had no moving parts and no opportunities for the locomotive to break down because of age. The No. X-5000 had a storage battery, which was ideal for low running speeds when the period of operation was only for a few hours.

The batteries were capable of failing, but they could be replaced.

"Dinky" arrived at the B&O Railroad Museum in 1991.

The "Dinky" is not accessible for public viewing.

 

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