Butte Anaconda & Pacific Railway Locomotive #97

306 E Park Avenue, Anaconda, MT

Electric railway locomotive built in 1916

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Butte Anaconda & Pacific Railway Locomotive #97

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2006

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Description 

The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway began to electrify much of its system in 1913. A common carrier, hauling passengers and freight, its primary reason for being was to haul copper ore from the mines at Butte to the smelter at Anaconda.

The original locomotives, of which there were eventually 18, were supplied by General Electric. GE supplied the locomotives but the motor on #97 has a Westinghouse nameplate. The nameplate indicates that this locomotive's motor produced 105 horsepower, using 480 volt direct current and ran at 1,000 RPM. The line itself used 2,400 volt DC power, meaning that this locomotive must have stepped the voltage down.

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2018: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody