The Clinchfield was the last Class I railroad built in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. Its main line provided access to numerous scenic wonders of the Appalachian region and is probably best-known for the state-of-the-art railroad engineering techniques applied in its construction, as exemplified by the Clinchfield Loops climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Marion, North Carolina. The Clinchfield Railroad began operating the line December 1, 1924, and for many years it was leased jointly by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Louisville and Nashville Railroad.
The Clinchfield Railroad bought nine 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1919 and another ten in 1923. The first group was designated as Class K-1 and assigned road numbers 400-408, the second group known as Class K-4 were given road numbers 410-419. These locomotives had 63" diameter drivers, 27" x 30" cylinders, a 190 psi boiler pressure, and exerted 56,064 pounds of tractive effort. The first eight weighed 309,160 pounds and the last ten weighed 319,700 pounds.
There were two more "Mikados on the Clinchfield, number 499, designated as Class K-2, which was purchased from the Cambria & Indiana Railroad, and number 498, designated as Class K-3, which was purchased from the Spanish-American Iron Company. These two second-hand locomotives arrived in 1917.
The Clinchfield sold all nine of its Class K-1 "Mikados" in February of 1943. Five, numbers 400, 401, 404, 405 and 408 were sold to the Charleston & Western Carolina Railroad and the other four went to the Georgia Railroad.
There are no surviving Clinchfield 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives.
|Class||Qty.||Road Numbers||From Other RR||Year Acquired||Year Built||Builder||Note|
|K-2||1||499||Cambria & Indiana||1917||1911||Baldwin||2|
|K-3||1||498||Spanish-American Iron Co.||1917||1917||Baldwin||3|
One of two identical Mikado classes that were not built under the United States Railroad Administration. For reasons most likely due to the US entry into World War One and Baldwin's broad activity in war production, this class wasn't produced until two years after it was ordered on 12 March 1917.
The railroad retained a relatively conservative firebox layout in which 38 sq ft of arch tubes supplemented the basic firebox heating surface. Piston valves measured 15" (381 mm) in diameter.
These were sold the Charleston & Western Carolina (5 as 850-854) and Georgia Railroad (4 as their Class F, road numbers 331-334) in 1943.
According to a 25 May 2012 email to Wes Barris's http://www.steamlocomotive.com from Bill Root and confirmed by the Baldwin specification, this engine was ordered by Cuban-based Spanish-American Iron Company in October 1916 as part of a three-locomotive batch. When it was ready for delivery, however, the SAIC did not take delivery and the engine was sold in April 1917 to the Clinchfield. (The other two were sold to the Savannah & Atlanta; see Locobase 9157).
The Baldwin specs was to haul 58 ore cars that each weighed 50,000 lb (22,680 kg) empty and 100,000 lb (45,360 kg) gross or a total of 1,450 revenue tons. Apparently the lack of superheater didn't faze the Clinchfield, which operated the 498 into the 1940s.
Photo in Drury (1993) shows drum-like sand and steam domes, the headlight positioned under the smokebox, and airpumps fastened to the front of the smokebox. Operated until 1952-1955.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso|
|Railroad||Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio (Clinchfield)||Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio (Clinchfield)||Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio (Clinchfield)|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.46||0.45||0.45|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||72.48'||62.67'||75.35'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)||58000 lbs||60500 lbs|
|Weight on Drivers||232000 lbs||175000 lbs||235200 lbs|
|Engine Weight||309160 lbs||228000 lbs||319700 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||215700 lbs||144000 lbs||209000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||524860 lbs||372000 lbs||528700 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||12000 gals||8000 gals||12000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||15 tons||10 tons||16 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) on which locomotive could run||97 lb/yard||73 lb/yard||98 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||190 psi||190 psi||190 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||27" x 30"||22" x 28"||27" x 30"|
|Tractive Effort||56064 lbs||42915 lbs||56064 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.14||4.08||4.20|
|Firebox Area||287 sq. ft||197 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||78 sq. ft||63 sq. ft||76 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||4117 sq. ft||4323 sq. ft|
|Superheating Surface||1042 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||5159 sq. ft||4323 sq. ft||0|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||207.09||350.92|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||14820||11970||14440|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||17784||11970||14440|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||65436||37430||0|