Central RR of New Jersey 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 333 (Locobase 11675)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 14, 154.

Works numbers were 9333, 9335 in July 1888.

These two Consolidation camelbacks were designated I3 in 1903 and operated for more than 2 decades. They were scrapped in March and April 1930


Class 340 / I2a (Locobase 11676)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1888, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 14, 154.

Works numbers were 9460-9463, 9467 in September 1888; 10771, 10774-10780, 10784 in April 1890.

These were identical to the Reading camelbacks supplied by Baldwin in the previous year (Locobase 11662). In 1903, they were redesignated I2a and renumbered 328-332, 358-367 (but not in the original order). All of them served into the 1920s. The first was scrapped June 1923 (329) and the last (361) in August 1929.


Class 425 / Ix (Locobase 12199)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 20, p. 135. Workd number was 14814 in April 1896.

Locobase cannot say why the CNJ ordered just one camelback Consolidation from Baldwin during this period. It seems that the railroad build only a couple of dozen and would buy those from Brooks. Instead, the CNJ went for 4-8-0s.

370 (ex-425) went in solitary order to the ferro-knacker in August 1933.


Class I1 (Locobase 11772)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 10, p. 24 . Works numbers were 5010, 5012, 5027, 5030 in March 1880 and 5044-5045, 5056, 5059 in April.

Built before the age of the Camelbacks on the Jersey Central, this octet of Consolidations had some special features picked out in the specs. All of the rivets in the firebox were countersunk by lapping the crownsheet edge down 2" to stiffen the joint. Also, the grate had 8 water bars measuring 2 1/4" in diameter.

This class enjoyed 40-year careers with the CNJ. Half of the class -- 184, 189, 187, and 186 -- were rebuilt as 0-8-0 switchers in 1898 and 1900, but all of them regained their leading trucks by 1904. Scrapping dates ranged from October 1920 to November 1924.


Class I2 (Locobase 11864)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 13, p.191.

Works numbers were 8377, 8380, 8391-8392 in February 1887; 8421-8422, 8430, 8433, 8449, 8452, 8458, 8460 in March; 8477, 8484-8485, 8490, 8494, 8511, 8515 in April; 8927-8930 in December; 9304-9305, 9308, 9310 in June 1888; and 9346 in July.

This large class of camelback Consolidations was identical to those produced in the same period for the Chicago & Indiana Coal Road (Locobase 11841) and the Philadelphia & Reading (Locobase 11784). The class served the CNJ for about 25 years before being scrapped througout the 1920s.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class333340 / I2a425 / IxI1I2
Locobase ID11,675 11,676 12,199 11,772 11,864
RailroadCentral RR of New JerseyCentral RR of New JerseyCentral RR of New JerseyCentral RR of New JerseyCentral RR of New Jersey
CountryUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA
Whyte2-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-0
Number in Class2161828
Road Numbers333-334340-344, 390-399, 5425 / 370182-189313 et al.
GaugeStdStdStdStdStd
Number Built2161828
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & CoBurnham, Parry, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Parry, Williams & CoBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Year18881888189618801886
Valve GearStephensonStephensonStephensonStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft) 7.5013.671514.7513.67
Engine Wheelbase (ft)2221.752322.8321.75
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.34 0.63 0.65 0.65 0.63
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)48.77
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)135,000102,000138,00096,000
Engine Weight (lbs)150,000114,000155,000100,000110,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)85,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)240,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)36003600360030003000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)56435840
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)5050565050
Boiler Pressure (psi)130130180130130
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)22" x 28"22" x 28"22" x 28"20" x 24"20" x 24"
Tractive Effort (lbs)29,95029,95037,02621,21621,216
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.51 3.41 3.73 4.52
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)148.19145.50177.50150.60138
Grate Area (sq ft)7563.307627.6076
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)19411839233212821280
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)19411839233212821280
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume157.56149.28189.30146.91146.68
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation9750822913,68035889880
Same as above plus superheater percentage9750822913,68035889880
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area19,26518,91531,95019,57817,940
Power L123582257439125262446
Power MT154.03195.13280.59224.69