Lehigh & Hudson River 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 16 (Locobase 12713)

Data from DeGolyer, Volume 27, p. 35. Works numbers were 24128-24129 in April 1904.

These camelbacks had 20-year careers on this North Jersey-New York bridge line before being scrapped in December 1925 and October 1927, respectively.

Class 28 (Locobase 12982)

Data from DeGolyer, Volume 29, p. 116; see also Railroad Age Gazette, Volume 45, No 25 (20 November 1908). Works numbers were 28787-28790 in August 1906; 33041-33042, 33044-33046, 33052 in November 1908; 33064-33065, 33071-33074 in December.

Special equipment on the 1908 batches included:

Axles hammered steel

Boiler lagging Asbestos mill board

Brakes Westlnghouse

Couplers Climax

Driving boxes cast steel

Injectors Sellers

Journal bearings Bronze

Piston and valve rod packings Jerome

Safety valve Crosby

Sanding devices Watters

Sprlngs cast steel

Steam gages Klinger

Tires cast steel

Class 90 (Locobase 416)

Data from table of specs in 1930 Locomotive Cyclopedia, p. 112. DeGolyer, Volume 76, pp. 364+ and Volume 77, pp. 264+. (Thanks to Chris Hohl for his 29 April 2015 email commenting on the engine weights and noting a lack of tender weight.) Works numbers were 58454-58457 in June 1925 and 59979-59980 in April 1927.

Drury (1993) comments that these were very large 2-8-0s with tractive effort nearly as great as the USRA's heavy Santa Fes. These Consolidations had 14" (356 mm) piston valves and rolled on 80 lb/ and 100 lb/yard (40-50 kg/metre) rail. Firebox heating surface area included 46 sq ft (4.27 sq m) in six arch tubes.

Note that their factor of adhesion was just about 4, which suggests they weren't unduly slippery.

The class saw steam out on the L & HR and retired in 1950.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID12,713 12,982 416
RailroadLehigh & Hudson RiverLehigh & Hudson RiverLehigh & Hudson River
Number in Class2166
Road Numbers16, 19 / 26-27 / 56-5728-29, 31-32 / 53-54, 51-52, 58-7090-95
Number Built2166
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & CoBaldwin
Valve GearStephensonStephensonWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)15.3315.3317.50
Engine Wheelbase (ft)23.6723.6727.50
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.65 0.65 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)75.40
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)160,000160,000283,800
Engine Weight (lbs)180,000180,000309,700
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)100,000100,000266,500
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)280,000280,000576,200
Tender Water Capacity (gals)5000700015,000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)1216
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)6767118
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)565661
Boiler Pressure (psi)180200220
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)22" x 28"22" x 28"27" x 32"
Tractive Effort (lbs)37,02641,14071,514
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.32 3.89 3.97
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)178.20178.20318
Grate Area (sq ft)75.6075.60100
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)308928643607
Superheating Surface (sq ft)924
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)308928644531
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume250.75232.48170.10
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation13,60815,12022,000
Same as above plus superheater percentage13,60815,12026,400
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area32,07635,64083,952
Power L15428569014,253
Power MT299.17313.61442.88

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