Pennsylvania Railroad class H8

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Consolidation Freight Locomotive No. 7688
Steamtrain PRR H10 7688.JPG
PRR H10 #7688 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Railroad class H8 is located in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Railroad class H8
Pennsylvania Railroad class H8 is located in the United States
Pennsylvania Railroad class H8
Nearest cityStrasburg, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°58′56″N 76°9′40″W / 39.98222°N 76.16111°W / 39.98222; -76.16111Coordinates: 39°58′56″N 76°9′40″W / 39.98222°N 76.16111°W / 39.98222; -76.16111
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
ArchitectPennsylvania Railroad Co.
MPSPennsylvania Railroad Rolling Stock TR
NRHP reference No.79002264[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 17, 1979

The Pennsylvania Railroad's class H8, H9s and H10s steam locomotives were of the 2-8-0 "Consolidation" type, the last three classes of such built by the railroad. The three classes differed only in cylinder diameter and thus tractive effort, each subsequent class increasing that measurement by an inch. The first H8 was built in 1907 and the last H10 in 1916; within a few years they were replaced on heavy freight assignments by 2-8-2s and 2-10-0. They became the railroad's standard light freight locomotive, replacing all other class H 2-8-0s, and a number remained in service until the end of PRR steam locomotive operation in 1957. 968 class H8 of various subclasses were constructed, along with 274 class H9s and 273 class H10s. A number of H8 locomotives were rebuilt to H9s specification.

Class H10s was built primarily for PRR Lines West, and featured a typical Lines West tender with sloping side coal boards at the top, to enable a bigger load of coal to be carried.

Some locomotives of this type were leased to the PRR-owned Long Island Rail Road, becoming the primary freight-hauling type on that system.


7688, an H10s built in 1915 by the Lima Locomotive Works, has been preserved by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.[2] It joins two earlier examples of the H class at the museum. #7688 was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 as Consolidation Freight Locomotive No. 7688.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Locomotive Roster" (PDF). Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 3, 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Drury, George H. (1993), Guide to North American Steam Locomotives, Waukesha, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing Company, pp. 318–328, ISBN 0-89024-206-2, LCCN 93041472