Pacific Great Eastern 2-8-2 "Mikado" Type Locomotives

Class Details by Steve Llanso

Class 160 (Locobase 31)

Data come from the 1947 edition of the Locomotive Cyclopedia.

Right at the end of World War II, the PGE bought a pair of Mikados (works #2286-2287); 2 1/2 years later the CLC delivered two more (2408-2409). The design displayed a long-stroke for its cylinder size and all-around small dimensions. None of them had a long career as the PGE dieselized in the 1950s. 161 took itself out in a boiler explosion in September 1951. The other three were retired in 1956 with the latter two being scrapped that year and 160 retained for 6 more years before it was scrapped..

Also see, last accessed 9 September 2007 and

The Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) was intended to be the unifying transportation element for the province of British Columbia. Mike Cleven of the Cayoosh website noted above comments: "Originally begun before the Great War of 1914-18, the line was assailed by its critics as a line 'from nowhere to nowhere', running as it did in its first phase only between Pemberton and Lillooet."

Pemberton lies on the Lillooet River just north of the Lillooet Lake in a wide valley separated from most of the rest of BC by mountains all around. After World War I, the PGE extended southwest toward Vancouver, reaching Squamish (then called Newport) and extended to the Cariboo and Prince George. By then, the line was close enough to the Vancouver area that travellers from Vancouver took ferries from the Vancouver waterfront to connect to the rail line. It was only after World War II, however, that the railway reached Vancouver to the Pemberton Avenue Station in North Vancouver.

Specifications by Steve Llanso
Class 160
Locobase ID 31
Railroad Pacific Great Eastern
Whyte 2-8-2
Road Numbers 160-163
Gauge Std
Builder Canadian Locomotive Co
Year 1945
Valve Gear Walschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 15'
Engine Wheelbase 32.50'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.46
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers 165000 lbs
Engine Weight 224000 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight
Tender Water Capacity
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) on which locomotive could run 69 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter 57"
Boiler Pressure 215 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke) 20" x 30"
Tractive Effort 38474 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.29
Heating Ability
Firebox Area 193 sq. ft
Grate Area 44.80 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface 2510 sq. ft
Superheating Surface 989 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface 3499 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume 230.10
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation 9632
Same as above plus superheater percentage 12329
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area 53114
Power L1 23173
Power MT 1238.49


Introduction and roster provided by Richard Duley . Class details and specifications provided by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media.

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