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VGN Electric EL-2B Locomotive

Here is a question from Roba who would like to know the value of a locomotive:

“I have an HO VGN RR EL-2B electric locomotive that is in mint condition still in the box. I used to live beside the VGN RR and remember the locomotive very well. It used to run from Elmore WV to Roanoke VA. until 1959 when it was discontinued after the VGN merged with the Norfolk & Southern RR. Anyone know what the value of this loco Is? I could be wrong on the date. They merged in 1959 but the Loco may have run a little while longer. Thanks in advance”

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4 Responses to VGN Electric EL-2B Locomotive

  • William Chancesays:

    I got on Amtrak from Newark, NJ (originated in NY, NY) to Washington DC pulled by this one in 1975. I am still unclear if the track was electrified past Philadelphia, PA though.

    • R.C.Belchersays:

      I’m not doubting your word, but I was raised up with the Virginian RR within 50 yards of it and I remember the EL-2B locomotive very well. They started service on the VGN in 1948 and were retired in 1960 and were sent to Roanoke Va.and were sold as scrap. I don’t believe they were used anywhere except the VGN and after the merger, the N&W RR. By the way, I am 77 yrs. old so I remember the loco very well It was ahead of its time and was very beautiful. Look it up on google for the history on it. Both units together weighed over a 1,000,000 pounds.

      • Sheldon Clarksays:

        Sounds like a lot more than 500 US tons or 446.4 UK tons. The heaviest UK electrics weren’t much over 100 tons, if at all; the heaviest diesel weighed in at about 138 tons, so your pet was still quite a hefty baby.

        • R.C.Belchersays:

          I have books on the VGN locomotives, and the EL-2B did indeed weigh a 1,000,000 lbs. Look it up on Google. Man time sure does fly.

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