Unspecified 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Danforth - 1884 (Locobase 10022)

Data from Park Benjamin (Ed), Appleton's Cyclopedia of Applied Mechanics (New York: D Appleton & Company, 1884), p. 341. Boiler pressure is an estimate.

This portly Consolidation is included in Park's illustrations as an example of a 2-8-0 of the time. He gives no indication of what railroad might have owned it, but the specs are quite detailed and precise. It was one of the few designs of that time that used 2 1/4" tubes.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassDanforth - 1884
Locobase ID10022
Number in Class
Road Numbers
Number Built
BuilderDanforth, Cooke
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase15.58'
Engine Wheelbase23.17'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.67
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers86430 lbs
Engine Weight96550 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight
Tender Water Capacity2400 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)36 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter50"
Boiler Pressure140 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)20" x 24"
Tractive Effort22848 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.78
Heating Ability
Firebox Area139 sq. ft
Grate Area29 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1509 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1509 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume172.92
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation4060
Same as above plus superheater percentage4060
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area19460
Power L12947
Power MT300.68

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