The C & NW's Piedmont location induced the railroad to ask for the following in the 1913 engines: "Provide long wagon top extension with ample space above the crown sheet as locomotive will be run on sharp [2.7%] grades, the idea begin to allow as much room for steam as possible and have sufficient water over crown sheet." At the same time, the builder was to set the frames 1" closer together than the distance between the frames on the 1912 locomotives.
The C & NW started out as the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad, which had laid 110 miles of track from Chester, South Carolina almost due north on a line 20 miles west of Charlotte to Lenoir, North Carolina by 1884. It was never robust and the turbulent financial times of the late 19th Century forced it into receivership twice.
It emerged from the second hiatus as the Carolina & North-Western Railway. Under this name, the road converted to standard-gauge operation in 1902. An important bit of this line consisted of trackage rights on the 9.2 miles between Newton and Hickory over the Southern Railway.
Although acquisition of the Caldwell & Northern in 1910 expanded operations, the Can't & Never Will struggled throughout its surprisingly long life. But a 1916 flood helped kill the timber industry traffic and increasing motor traffic diverted riders throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Service dwindled until the ICC granted permission to abandon the line in 1938.
See Locobase 14669 for a history of the C&NE (the "Oil Belt Line"). Baldwin turned out this unadorned Consolidation a month after they turned out the superheated Ten-wheeler. The 61 had a saturated boiler, slide valves, low drivers.
The 61 was sold to the Louisiana & Pine Bluff after the C&NE closed.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Carolina & Northwestern||Cisco & Northeastern|
|Number in Class||4||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.62||0.66|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||52.17'||51.75'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||130000 lbs||119300 lbs|
|Engine Weight||146000 lbs||132000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||100000 lbs||112500 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||246000 lbs||244500 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||5000 gals||5000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||8 tons||2500 gals|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||54 lb/yard||50 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||185 psi||170 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||20" x 24"||20" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||30192 lbs||27744 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.31||4.30|
|Firebox Area||165 sq. ft||144 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||32.60 sq. ft||30.30 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||2023 sq. ft||1774 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||2023 sq. ft||1774 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||231.82||203.29|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||6031||5151|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||6031||5151|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||30525||24480|