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The first 2-8-0 was built by Matthias Baldwin in 1866. The locomotive was named "Consolidation" in honor of the recent consolidation of the Beaver Meadow, Penn Haven & White Haven and Lehigh & Mahanoy railroads into the Lehigh Valley.
The Consolidation became the principal hauler on most main lines. More "Consolidations" were built than any other wheel arrangement. Roughly 23,000 were built for use in the USA and 12,000 for export. Relatively small fireboxes and driver no larger than 63 inches limited both steaming capacity and speed.