Baldwin "S-12" Locomotives

The S-12 was an upgraded version of its predecessor, the S-8, although both models were cataloged at the same time.

Similar in size and mechanics, save for increased horsepower, this final switcher manufactured during the 1950s sold relatively well for Baldwin as numerous railroads and private industries purchased the model.

While the locomotive did have some complaints regarding reliability it was revered for its ability to out-pull nearly anything in its class (a Baldwin trademark thanks to their Westinghouse traction motors). 

The S-12 also saw the builder do away with the earlier complicated classification system and introducing one much simpler. Today, there are eight S-12's known to be preserved at museums while others are still hauling freight for short line carriers.  


Sierra Railroad's only two S-12's it purchased new in 1955 pull an excursion through rural Keystone, California in October, 1985. Drew Jacksich photo.


S-12 History And Background

Baldwin may have struggled as a diesel manufacturer but its switchers and road-switchers boasted good looks and clean lines, topped by a centered head-light on the long hood sporting decorative beveling. 

From a functionality standpoint they sat high and offered crews relatively good visibility on a modest frame.   The S-12 began production in 1951 and by that time was technically a product of the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation (BLH).

BLH was formed through the merger of the Baldwin Locomotive Works and Lima-Hamilton in 1951 after the former came under the control of Westinghouse Electric Company, a long time supplier of internal components for Baldwin's diesels.

The two companies had collaborated on several electric locomotive projects over the years, dating all of the back to the 19th century.  Thanks to the S-12's increased horsepower it sold much better than its less powerful counterpart. 

At 1,200 horsepower using Baldwin's latest prime mover, the 606A SC, railroads found the locomotive quite versatile in several applications from yard and industrial work to revenue service on secondary and branch lines. 

The locomotive came equipped with standard four axle (B-B) trucks and could produce a hefty 72,000 pounds of starting tractive effort (34,000 pounds continuous). 

Seaboard Coast Line S-12 #204 is seen here in Hamlet, North Carolina during the spring of 1972. This unit began its career as Seaboard Air Line #1463 in 1952. Warren Calloway photo.

When production had ended in August, 1956 the model had been sold to several railroads like the Chicago & North Western, Jersey Central, Southern Pacific, New York Central, Southern, and the ever-loyal Pennsylvania.

Additionally the military and industries purchased the locomotive including the Army, U.S. Steel, Armco Steel, American Smelting and Refining Company, Erie Mining, and others. In total, Baldwin sold 451 examples of the S-12.

Lehigh Valley S-12 #240 idles away on the ready track at Sayre, Pennsylvania on August 4, 1974. Doug Kroll photo.

The S-12 was certainly Baldwin's most popular switcher in terms of its horsepower rating and general reliability. This is a significant reason why the model continues to find use in short line service today, notably on short line SMS Lines which owns eight.


Baldwin S-12 Data Sheet

Entered Production9/8/1950 (Lehigh Valley #230)
Years Produced9/8/1950 - 8/6/1956
Baldwin ClassDS-4-4-1200/1 SC (S-12)
Engine606A, 6-Cylinder In-Line, Supercharged
Engine BuilderDe La Vergne
TurbochargerModel H-503 (Elliott Company)
Horsepower1200
RPM625
Carbody StylingBaldwin
Length (Between Coupler Pulling Faces)48'
Weight240,000 Lbs
Height (Top Of Rail To Top Of Cab)14'
Width10'
TrucksB-B
Truck TypeGSC Rigid Bolster, Drop-Side Equalizer
Truck Wheelbase8'
Wheel Size40"
Traction Motors362D (4), Westinghouse
Traction Generator480D, Westinghouse
Auxiliary GeneratorYG40D, Westinghouse
Gear Ratio16:76
Tractive Effort Rating33,600 Lbs at 8.3 MPH.
Top Speed45 MPH


Baldwin S-12 Production Roster

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Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines6028442761264/5/1956
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines6029443761274/5/1956
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines6030444761284/17/1956
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines6031445761294/17/1956
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines6032446761304/30/1956
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines6033447761314/30/1956
Erie Mining Company4034487612510/30/1956
Rayonier Inc.201449761367/17/1956
Rayonier Inc.202450761377/17/1956
U.S. Steel-Geneva Works(Vineyard, UT)33451761388/6/1956
U.S. Steel-Geneva Works(Vineyard, UT)34452761398/6/1956
U.S. Steel-Geneva Works(Vineyard, UT)35453761408/6/1956

* First S-12 produced.

Sources:

  • Foster, Gerald. A Field Guide To Trains. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

  • Kirkland, John F. Diesel Builders, The:  Volume Three, Baldwin Locomotive Works. Pasadena: Interurban Press, 1994.

  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. Diesel Spotter's Guide.  Milwaukee: Kalmbach Publishing Company, 1967.

  • Solomon, Brian.  Baldwin Locomotives.  Minneapolis:  Voyageur Press, 2009.


A Jersey Central S-12 which has seen better day is tied down at the shops in Elizabeth, New Jersey on November 8, 1969. Roger Puta photo.

The heritage of these locomotives includes:

  • Michigan Limestone #116

  • Tennessee Valley Authority #200

  • U.S. Navy #65-00372

  • Demonstrator #1200

  • Southern Pacific #1547

  • Erie Mining #7241

  • Monongahela Railway #425

  •  Great Northern #27. 

While four of these locomotives are operational, four are also used as a parts source.  Additionally, seven others can be found at museums:

  • Patapsco & Back Rivers #345-#346

  • Erie Mining #403

  • New York Central #9313

  • Southern Pacific #1550

  • Texas & New Orleans (SP) #121

  • Oliver Iron Mining #933
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SteamLocomotive.com

Wes Barris's SteamLocomotive.com is simply the best web resource in the study of steam locomotives. 

The amount of information found there is quite staggering; historical backgrounds of wheel arrangements, types used by virtually every railroad, preserved and operational examples, and even those used in other countries (North America and beyond). 

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Researching Rights-Of-Way

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Today, there are tens of thousands of miles scattered throughout the country.  Many were pulled up in the 1970's and 1980's although others were removed long before that. 

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