Unspecified 0-4-0 Locomotives in Cuba

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class unknown (Locobase 4911)

These were four of the first eight locomotives to be delivered to Cuba. According to the [] website account "El ferrocarril espanol de Cub, el primero del mundo hispano", planning for a Cuban railroad to facilitate exports of tobacco, sugar, and coffee began in 1830 , Construction began on 18 November 1835. The first segment connected Havana with the Almendares River (7 1/4 miles) -- later work extended the line to Rincon (7 1/2 miles), Buenaventura (7 3/4 miles), Guara (7 1/2 miles), a point halfway to Guines (7 3/4 miles), and the last piece to Guines (7 1/2 miles).

Four of the locomotives came from Braithwaite. The Reanis locomotives arrived in Havana on 23 February 1838. Their names were Herrera, Escovedo, Villa Urrutia, and Crueger. When they reached Guines, according to the author, cost of transporting goods fell by 70 percent.

But as in the United States, British engines proved incompatible with railway demands in Cuba. They couldn't tolerate the poor-quality coal, they proved delicate, and they frequently derailed. As a result, they were soon replaced by Baldwin 4-2-0s.

The board took the decision to disassemble the British engines and ship them back to England, but it wasn't until 1843 that the orphans were sold for a paltry 300 pounds.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID4911
Number in Class4
Road Numbers
Number Built4
Valve Gear
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)24,000 / 10,886
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)24,000 / 10,886
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)20 / 10
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)54 / 1372
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)60 / 4.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)12" x 18" / 305x457
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)2448 / 1110.40
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 9.80
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)81 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 8.16 / 2.49
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)36 / 3.35
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)415 / 38.57
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)415 / 38.57
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume176.13
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation
Same as above plus superheater percentage
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area2160
Power L11364
Power MT250.59

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