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Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia in June of 1906 and run on the Norfolk & Western Railroad as a mixed use engine until 1962, No. 475 is Strasburg Rail Road’s oldest and second largest steam locomotive. No. 475’s unusual 4-8-0 wheel configuration makes her known as an “Mastodon” or “M-Class” locomotive. She is the only 4-8-0 class locomotive currently operating in North America!  She is also one of the last surviving examples of a Norfolk & Western Railroad locomotive. No. 475 arrived in Strasburg in 1991 after the railroad purchased the locomotive for a mere $100,000. After an approximate $640,000 extensive overhaul and restoration, she pulled her first passenger train on Strasburg’s line in the fall of 1993. No. 475 was made famous for her role in the movie, Thomas and the Magic Railroad. No. 475’s size and ability to pull nearly any size train makes her a “go-to” locomotive for nearly any need Strasburg may have—passenger, freight, or otherwise.

Year Built: 1906

Maker: Baldwin Locomotive Works (Philadelphia, PA)

Wheel Configuration: 4-8-0

Weight: 206,200 lbs.

Arrived at Strasburg: July 1991

Steam train #475 driving down a track with smoke coming out of it.