South Carolina & Georgia 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 56 (Locobase 3288)

Data from Railroad Gazette (22 April 1898). B Rumary's summary of Richmond production, supplied by Allen Stanley in March 2004, shows these locomotives to have been works #2765-2769.

Designed to the specifications of JH Sands, the SC&G's general manager, these compounds were claimed to be hauling almost twice the train of that pulled by simple-expansion contemporaries on the railroad. Railroad Gazette noted that indicator cards, "taken while the new engines were hauling maximum loads and working compound, show a very even distribution of the work done in the high and low-pressure cylinders."

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID3288
RailroadSouth Carolina & Georgia
Number in Class6
Road Numbers56-60
Number Built6
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)15.42
Engine Wheelbase (ft)23.50
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)49
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)133,000
Engine Weight (lbs)150,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)85,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)235,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)55
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)56
Boiler Pressure (psi)200
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)23" x 26" (1)
Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)35" x 26" (1)
Tractive Effort (lbs)29,161
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.56
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)177
Grate Area (sq ft)31.50
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)2281
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)2281
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume364.88
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation6300
Same as above plus superheater percentage6300
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area35,400
Power L14082
Power MT270.65

If you have any railroad data such as diagram books, rail station plans or anything else that you would be willing to share, please contact us.