Kowloon-Canton 2-6-0 Locomotives in China

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class unknown (Locobase 15969)

Data from "2-8-0 Locomotive, Canton-Kowloon Railway" The Locomotive, Volume 16, No 219 (15 November 1910), p. 241.

The photo of this locomotive on page 243 shows that even a "small" locomotive can dwarf a man of average height, as the bowler-hatted gent standing under the "K" of the engine's tender demonstrated. The design seems quite up to date for a mixed-traffic Mogul with outside constant-lead radial valve gear actuating piston valves. Its Belpaire firebox was a common choice among British builders at the time.

The illustrated engine was one of "several" of the class, according to the report and must have been among the very first to serve the British section of 21 miles (33.8 km), which opened on 7 October 1910.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID15969
Number in Class
Road Numbers
Number Built
BuilderNorth British
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)14 / 4.27
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.25 / 6.78
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.63
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)108,080 / 49,024
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)130,144 / 59,032
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML) / 11.36
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT) / 4
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)60 / 30
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)60 / 1524
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)19" x 26" / 483x660
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)23,934 / 10856.29
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.52
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)220 - 1.875" / 48
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)11.17 / 3.40
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)133 / 12.36
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)25.40 / 2.36
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1339 / 124.40
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1339 / 124.40
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume156.94
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation4572
Same as above plus superheater percentage4572
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area23,940
Power L14228
Power MT258.73

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