Georgetown & Western / Great Western 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 121 (Locobase 15116)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 43, p. 142+. Works number was 39425 in March 1913.

This freight Consolidation joined the G&W only two years before it was merged with Seaboard subsidiary Carolina, Atlantic & Western, which rolled into the Seaboard itself by the end of 1915.

Sold to the Lightsey Brothers, the 121 was lettered in 1937 for the Hampton & Branchville. It served the H&B until placed in storage in 1955.

Class 51 (Locobase 12988)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 29, p. 132. Works numbers were 28665, 28676 in July 1906.

This pair of Consolidations operated on the independent sugar-beet railroad until they were retired in the 1950s. 52 retired in April 1952 and scrapped while 51 lingered to be sold to Boulder Scientific in 1963. According to Wes Barris's Surviving Locomotives website, the 51 wound up operating on the Fillmore & Western Railway in Fillmore, Calif, from which it was bought by Jim Birmingham and moved back to Hudson, Colo.

Class 60 (Locobase 4811)

Data from website.

The majestically named Great Western Railway of Colorado linked Eaton and Longmont (north of Denver) over 42 miles of track that chiefly saw sugar beet traffic. So a sturdy light Consolidation of typical American design would fill the bill just fine. One correspondent writes of seeing GW trains passing through the middle of his farm in Windsor and refers to 60 in particular.

This particular engine later wound up on the Black River & Western Railroad of western New Jersey for excursion operations.

NB: The direct heating surface (including the firebox heating surface) is an estimate calculated by subtracting the calculated tube heating surface from the reported total evaporative heating surface.

Class 75 (Locobase 13169)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 30, p. 279. Works number was 31778 in September 1907.

Like the other locomotives procured for this private Colorado sugar-beet road, the 75 remained in service until the road was closed. In storage for years, the 75 was sold to the National Railroad Historical Society in December 1966. It was then stored at Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID15116 12988 4811 13169
RailroadGeorgetown & WesternGreat WesternGreat WesternGreat Western
Number in Class1211
Road Numbers12151-526075
Number Built1211
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & CoAlco-SchenectadyBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephensonStephensonWalschaertStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase14.17'14.17'14'14.33'
Engine Wheelbase21.17'21.83'22.33'22.42'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.67 0.65 0.63 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)50.92'57.20'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers130000 lbs119000 lbs141500 lbs150000 lbs
Engine Weight143000 lbs132000 lbs161000 lbs165000 lbs
Tender Light Weight100000 lbs120000 lbs149600 lbs140000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight243000 lbs252000 lbs310600 lbs305000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity5000 gals7000 gals8000 gals7000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)8 tons tons12 tons tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)54 lb/yard50 lb/yard59 lb/yard63 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter52"52"51"52"
Boiler Pressure180 psi190 psi200 psi200 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)20" x 26"20" x 26"19" x 26"20" x 26"
Tractive Effort30600 lbs32300 lbs31287 lbs34000 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.25 3.68 4.52 4.41
Heating Ability
Firebox Area138.80 sq. ft138.80 sq. ft154 sq. ft188 sq. ft
Grate Area31.30 sq. ft31.30 sq. ft30.10 sq. ft33.26 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface2114 sq. ft2115 sq. ft1674 sq. ft2415 sq. ft
Superheating Surface414 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface2114 sq. ft2115 sq. ft2088 sq. ft2415 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume223.61223.72196.20255.45
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation5634594760206652
Same as above plus superheater percentage5634594772246652
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area24984263723696037600
Power L146344893122946151
Power MT314.34362.60766.18361.62


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