North Carolina Railroad Locomotives
The following list of early locomotives for the Western North Carolina Railroad contains the engine's number (if known), date built, builder and wheel arrangement, where available. Of course, all were steam driven.
Map of Railroad
History & Officers
The American style locomotive was the standard engine built
by all of the
locomotive manufacturers. While the locomotive had many exterior variations, the wheel arrangement (4-4-0) and the over-all appearance remained the same. This particular engine-wheel type was designed to place as much weight as possible on
the drivers and to maneuver the sharp curves and poor quality of track conditions
of the mid-1800s.
Wheel arrangements list the number of wheels on each of up to 3 sets for these locomotives. The arrangement refers to leading/guiding wheel, main drivers and secondary driving wheels.