Weighing almost 400,000 pounds, equipped with one of the largest tenders yet (43 tons of coal) and producing tractive force of more than 60,000 pounds, the L-3 Mohawks were versatile enough to do almost any job required of them. The New York Central was so pleased with the performance of L-2s converted to carry passenger trains that in 1940 they ordered 25 specially made L-3a "dual purpose" Mohawks--designed to haul either passenger cars or their usual freight loads.
The Mohawk Steam Engine is a detailed recreation of this versatile engine presented in the livery of five railroads. Each locomotive is equipped with more conventionally operated standard features than offered by any other O Gauge manufacturer.
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Two Mohawks are the only preserved NYC big steam power. L-3a #3001 was sold to the City of Dallas in 1957 and resides today at the National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart, IN. L-2d #2933 was saved from scrapping by employees who hid her behind large boxes in the Selkirk, NY roundhouse for years. In 1962, when scrapping her would have been a public relations disaster, 2933 was donated to the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis.