Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal 0-6-0 "Switcher" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 10 (Locobase 7832)

Data from Philip M. Goldstein's website chronicling the BEDTin considerable detail -- [], last accessed 8 September 2006. See also DeGolyer, Volumes 26, p. 248 and 47, pp. 231+. Works numbers were 23868 in March 1904, 39696 in April 1913, and 55276 in February 1922.

The BEDT was a very active port and terminal railroad that operated steam locomotives into the 1960s. Baldwin supplied several engines of the same design over a 18-year period. The 2 had side tanks, the 10-11 large saddle tanks, closely grouped drivers, slide valves, and inside valve motion.

These may have been the heaviest 0-6-0STs as well as those with the biggest boilers and largest grates of all, generating the most tractive effort - at least Locobase hasn't uncovered any others as large. Over time the trio traded their coal bunkers, which held 1,300 lb of coal, for oil-fuel bunkers holding 500 gallons.

The 2 spent only a short time on the Brooklyn Docks before being sold in 1906 to the Delaware Lackawanna & Western as their 173. It was later renumbered 8 in 1914.

Although retired in April 1963 and July 1963, respectively, the other two were remembered fondly, as is the way the BEDT treated their engines:

"[T]he BEDT steam locomotives were extremely well maintained right up until the end. No spit & baling wire repairs or leaky, wheezy steam chests or cylinders on their equipment! Paint was never flaking or faded, nor were there broken windows in the cabs. These engines appear to be efficient as well, because if you take note; there are practically no photos of the locomotives showing smoke, and that considering that we've all seen "modern" diesel switchers and road engines from Class 1 railroads with more emissions!"

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID7832
RailroadBrooklyn Eastern District Terminal
Number in Class2
Road Numbers2, 10-11
Number Built2
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)8 / 2.44
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)8 / 2.44
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase1
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)8 / 2.44
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)125,100 / 56,744
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)125,100 / 56,744
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)125,100
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)1450 / 5.49
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)500 / 1893
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)70 / 35
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)46 / 1168
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)19" x 24" / 483x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)28,817 / 13071.19
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.34
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)220 - 1.75" / 44
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 9.37 / 2.86
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)129 / 11.98
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)21.60 / 2.01
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1065 / 98.98
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1065 / 98.98
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume135.15
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3888
Same as above plus superheater percentage3888
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area23,220
Power L12995
Power MT158.34

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