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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.

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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.