EMD NW2 Switcher
Roadname specific model features:
• Silver coated tall stacks
• Two sided lettering scheme: "Way of the Zephyr"
and "Everywhere West"
• Phase 1 riveted Airtanks
About the CB&Q NW2:
The EMD NW2 is a 1,000 horsepower yard switcher, its distinctive
twin-stack profile and short radiator creating a distinctive silhouette.
Perhaps ironic, considering its 1000 horsepower engine, the N
in NW2 stood for nine hundred horsepower, with the W designating
that it was a welded frame locomotive, instead of a cast frame.
The CB&Q NW2s enjoyed a long life of use, not only in switching
yards but also moving freight, and were a common sight on lightly-used
branch lines. A common replacement on the NW2 were the type of
smokestacks installed; the standard short stacks were too low
and would often get smoke in the eyes of the operators, and as
a result the CB&Q retrofitted its NW2s with taller, untapered
stacks (slightly different from the conical long stacks seen on