The new Consolidation, a 2-8-0 design, allowed for more tractive effort with two additional driving axles and a larger boiler.Because of this the wheel arrangement could haul much heavier trains than the American design.As railroads came to find out, the 2-8-0 was extremely versatile and received, or was built with, upgrades as technologies improved through the end of the 19th century.
With these purchases the locomotive was named the Consolidation.
While sales for 2-8-0s were initially slow due to early design flaws (like the rigid front truck) after these issues were worked out the locomotive sold quite well beginning in the 1870s.
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The first 2-8-0 is said to have appeared on the Pennsylvania Railroad around the end of the Civil War.