Vulcan Iron Works 45-Ton End-Cab Locomotive

Laona Northern #101 (Denny Custer photo / R. Craig collection)


In the Fall of 1941, Vulcan Iron Works built six 45-ton end-cab locomotives for the U.S. Military. The last of this group of 45-tonners was completed in November; all were lettered for the Army's Quartermaster Corps (QMC #4550-4555). At the close of WWII, the Vulcan's were transferred to the Army's Transportation Corps, and reassigned to eight different bases / air fields. By 1982, only of the four-axle end-cabs was still generating revenue for its owner -- Laona Northern #101.

Spotting features that differentiate the Vulcan End-Cab from other short line /industrial models:

  1. Elevated cab with three steps
  2. Sloping radiator grille
  3. Ladder-type steps
  4. Headlight above radiator
  5. Shrouded exhaust stack

Vulcan 45-Ton End-Cab Locomotive Specifications:

  • Horsepower: 300/340
  • Engine: Cooper-BessemerENL6
  • Total length: 33'-5"
  • Truck wheelbase: 7'-0"
  • Bolster center: 16'-6'
  • Wheel size: 27'(approximate)
  • Fuel: 150 gal.

* * * Roster and Credits * * *


Serial Nmbr

Bld date

Owners (in order)
4333 10/41 U.S. QMC 4550
U.S. Army 7223
U.S. Air Force 7223
U.S. Marine Corps 7223
El Paso Products 2
4334 10/41 U.S. QMC 4551
U.S. Army 7432
Wisconsin 11
4335 10/41 U.S. QMC 4552
U.S. Army 7433
Consolidated Builders #?
Henry J. Kaiser Sand & Gravel 313
4336 10/41 U.S. QMC 4553
U.S. Army 7434
4337 10/41 U.S. QMC 4554
U.S. Army 7435
Hyman Michaels 4337
Connor Land & Lumber 101
Laona Northern 101
4338 10/41 U.S.QMC 4555
U.S. Army 7436
U.S. Air Force 7436
Maule Industries 55
Sterling Engine #?


Reference sources & Credits:
  • Critters, Dinkys & Centercabs by Jay Reed
  • The Second Diesel Spotters Guide by Jerry A. Pinkepank
  • Locomotive Encyclopedia (1952 & 1956) by Simons-Boardman
  • "Extra 2200 South Locomotive Newsletter," (February 1982)
Formatted by: R.Craig

New: 6 April 2020


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