Monongahela Valley Traction 3000

West Virginia’s Monongahela Valley Traction Company ran not only interurban electric passenger service between cities, but also a full-fledged freight operation on the same track. This joint service continued until 1947, when the streetcars were discontinued. (Interestingly, competitor Baltimore & Ohio then acquired part of the trolley line south of Clarksburg because its grades were better than their own.)
In service hauling coal, 1945.

In service hauling coal, 1945.

Locomotive 3000 was built for MVT’s freight service and utilizes heavy-duty trolley technology in a compact package (compact it may be, but the crane lifting it revealed its weight to be 107,000 pounds!). After the streetcar days, 3000 went to Monongahela Power’s Rivesville power plant, where it was used to shift coal cars brought in on the railroad. It came to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in 1968.
Loading 3000 for the move to the Trolley Display Building.

Loading 3000 for the move to the Trolley Display Building.

Locomotive 3000 is the product of a collaborative effort between the Baldwin locomotive works (a company that primarily built steam locomotives) near Philadelphia (Eddystone) and the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A true Pennsylvania product.

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Car Number 3000 Car Builder Baldwin-Westinghouse
Year Built 1920 Type Steeplecab Locomotive
Weight 107,000 lbs. (53.5 tons) Seats 0
Motors WH 562
Year Acquired 1968 Status Trolley Display Building Exhibit