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Central New Jersey Steam Mogul, Consolidation, & Mikado
With improvement in road-bed and track, the two-wheeled engine truck provided sufficient guiding ability for the slow and moderate speeds for freight service. The Mogul 2-6-0 partly supplanted the Ten-Wheeler 4-6-0. This design permitted a greater portion of the weight to be carried on the drivers, resulting in a more powerful locomotive without an increase in total weight. Development was rapid during that period. Results: only two classes of road Moguls were developed. We use the term "road Mogul" here to distinguish from a group of 2-6-0 Tank Engines built for switching service, which will be shown under that classification.

CNJ 0-4-0 Wide gauge Road Mogul. 1860's #40

CNJ 0-4-0 Road Mogul, 1866 #85

CNJ 0-4-0 Road Mogul (wide firebox) #397

CNJ 0-4-0 Large Mogul built in Elizabethport shop in 1908 #373
The evolution of more powerful freight locomotives included the addition of another pair of driving wheels to the Mogul, thereby producing a new type, the Consolidation 2-8-0. Each new class was larger and more powerful to meet the increasing needs.

CNJ 2-8-0 Consolidation Coal Train #189

CNJ 2-8-0 Consolidation (wide firebox) #355

CNJ 2-8-0 Consolidation (large boiler) #189

CNJ 2-8-0 Consolidation w/Walschaert's Valve Gears #678

CNJ 4-8-0 #443

CNJ 4-8-0 #472
About the turn of the century, the four-wheeled engine truck was again used on freight engines, producing the Twelve-Wheeler. Heavier 2-8-0s soon followed. Some of the 4-8-0s remained in service nearly to the diesel takeover.
The Mikado - This type was developed from the Consolidation By placing a deep wide fire-box behind the drivers and providing a two-wheeled trailing truck to carry the overhang.The first of these came to the Jersey Central in 1918 under the United States Railroad Administration.Home rule design provided similar units more adaptable to local conditions and fuel.A total of 86 units powered the freight trains until replaced by the Diesel-Electric units now employed.

CNJ Mikado 2-8-2 , 1918 #865

CNJ Mikado 2-8-2 , 1918#851
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