Lorain & West Virginia 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 7899)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. Further information from the Nickel Plate Historical and Technical Society website and its page on the W & LE (http://nkphts.org/history.html#wle, last accessed 7 October 2006). Works number was 47767 in April 1910.

This railroad extended from Wellington, Ohio to the Lake Erie port city of Lorain, Ohio as a competitor with the Lorain, Ashland & Southern. It only ever had the one locomotive shown in this entry, which was a relatively small wide-firebox Consolidation that was a refugee from a ten-locomotive order in 1910 by the Buffalo & Susquehanna that was cancelled when the B&S went into receivership. It left the stock track in February 1912 for the L&WV.

On the L&WV, the engine was used primarily in switching service. Its 12" (305 mm) piston valves, high-pitched boiler, and closely spaced domes over the middle two axles suggest the date estimated in the specifications.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID7899
RailroadLorain & West Virginia
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase14.25'
Engine Wheelbase22.08'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.65
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)54.29'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers171200 lbs
Engine Weight191000 lbs
Tender Light Weight126000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight317000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity6000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)13 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)71 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter51"
Boiler Pressure185 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)21" x 28"
Tractive Effort38073 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.50
Heating Ability
Firebox Area179 sq. ft
Grate Area54.50 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface2676 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface2676 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume238.40
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation10083
Same as above plus superheater percentage10083
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area33115
Power L15003
Power MT257.70

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