Central Australia 2-4-2 Locomotives in Cuba

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Batey (Locobase 14362)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 54 p. 41. See also Cesar J Ayala, American sugar kingdom: the plantation economy of the Spanish Caribbean 1898-1934 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). Works number was 42436 in September 1915.

Part of the standard line of Baldwin double-ended saddle tank plantation locomotives. This engine probably operated as close to common carrier motive power as a sugar engine was likely to get. It traveled on relatively robust 60 lb/yard (30 kg/metre) rail, albeit track that was "laid in a swamp" as another specification put it. The Central Australia sugar mill was located in Matanzas Province, 154 km (96 miles) southeast of Havana and due north of the later-notorious Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs).

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID14362
RailroadCentral Australia
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 5.50 / 1.68
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)17 / 5.18
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.32
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)17 / 5.18
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)30,000 / 13,608
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)46,000 / 20,865
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)46,000 / 20,865
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)400 / 1.52
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)25 / 12.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)37 / 940
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)10" x 16" / 254x406
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)5881 / 2667.58
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.10
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)78 - 1.75" / 44
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 8.25 / 2.51
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)43 / 3.99
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 6.30 / 0.59
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)335 / 31.12
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)335 / 31.12
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume230.33
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1008
Same as above plus superheater percentage1008
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area6880
Power L13731
Power MT548.36

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