Long Island 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class H-51a (Locobase 9484)

Data from Angus Sinclair (ed), "Baldwin Simple Consolidation for the Long Island Railroad," Railway and Locomotive Engineering, August 1903, p. 371. Works numbers were 22275-22276 in June 1903.

The article refers to a common alternate nickname for the camelback - the "Mother Hubbard". These low-drivered Consolidations were scrapped March 1928 (155) and December 1930 (154).


Class H51 (Locobase 2619)

Data from Catalogue Descriptive of Simple and Compound Locomotives built by Brooks Locomotive Works, Dunkirk, NY (Buffalo, NY: Matthew-Northrup Company, 1899). Works numbers were 3101-3103 in December 1898. (Builder info from B.Rumary, 25 Kingscombe, Gurney Slade, Radstock, BA3 4TH, ENGLAND and Jeremy Lambert as supplied by Allen Stanley in March 2004.

If ever a locomotive design got hit in the face with an ugly stick, this Mother Hubbard Consoldation qualifies as a showpiece of unaesthetic ironmongery. Using a wide firebox to burn anthracite coal meant exiling the fireman to the rear deck under his own overhang. The engineer rode in a cab that bestrode the barrel over the drivers and ahead of the steam dome. With the fat barrel and small drivers to further disrupt any sense of proportion and grace, this camelback design must have been very serviceable because it couldn't depend on its looks.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassH-51aH51
Locobase ID9484 2619
RailroadLong IslandLong Island
CountryUSAUSA
Whyte2-8-02-8-0
Number in Class23
Road Numbers154-155151-153
GaugeStdStd
Number Built23
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBrooks
Year19031898
Valve GearStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)14.5014.50
Engine Wheelbase (ft)22.7522.75
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.64 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)50.1750.17
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)143,080135,000
Engine Weight (lbs)165,080155,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)100,00086,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)265,080241,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)50004000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons) 8.50 8.50
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)6056
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)5151
Boiler Pressure (psi)200180
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)21" x 28"21" x 28"
Tractive Effort (lbs)41,16037,044
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.48 3.64
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)192172
Grate Area (sq ft)70.6069.50
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)21851945
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)21851945
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume194.66173.28
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation14,12012,510
Same as above plus superheater percentage14,12012,510
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area38,40030,960
Power L147633823
Power MT293.56249.73


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