Campbell's Creek Coal Company 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 4 (Locobase 11542)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1903, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 26, p. 128 and Volume 41, p. 51. Works numbers were 23063 in October 1903 and 37006 in September 1911.

This was one of the smallest standard-gauge Consolidation designs to go into service in North America during the first few years of the 20th Century. Indeed, except for higher weights and a slighly higher boiler pressure in the 1903 engine, its specifications are an exact copy of those first used on the Atlantic Coal Company's #5 in August 1894 (see Locobase 12116). 5 was added about 8 years (and 14,000 builders numbers) later.

4 worked for the Reed, W Va coal company for about 10 years before being sold to the Campbells Creek Railroad as their #3. The CCRR was an entirely separate operation from the coal company. 5 remained with the CCCC.

In keeping with the 2-8-0's diminutive dimensions, the road it served was pretty small, too, covering only 13.8 miles (22.2 km) between Dana (on the Kanawha & Michigan) up Campbells Creek to Putney, West Virginia.

Class 6 (Locobase 14938)

Data from DeGolyer, Vol 65, pp. 62+. Works number was 55245 in January 1922.

This engine should not be thought of as a logger. The specs say that it was a freight engine "to be used in ICC service", that is, operate for a common carrier. In any case, the short line it served added one new locomotive per decade.

Although fitted with a saturated boiler, the 6 used 10" (254 mm) piston valves for steam distribution to the cylinders.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11,542 14,938
RailroadCampbell's Creek Coal CompanyCampbell's Creek Coal Company
Number in Class21
Road Numbers4-56
Number Built21
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBaldwin
Valve GearStephensonWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)13.6714
Engine Wheelbase (ft)21.3322.08
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.64 0.63
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)54.04
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)110,000137,000
Engine Weight (lbs)125,000154,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)70,000124,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)195,000278,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)35006000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)10
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)4657
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)5050
Boiler Pressure (psi)180200
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)19" x 24"20" x 24"
Tractive Effort (lbs)26,51232,640
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.15 4.20
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)128162
Grate Area (sq ft)23.7530
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)15372204
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)15372204
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume195.15252.56
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation42756000
Same as above plus superheater percentage42756000
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area23,04032,400
Power L141465756
Power MT332.38370.50