Central Galope 2-6-0 Locomotives in Cuba

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 14810)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 64, p. 16. See also "News Letter from our Havana Office," Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacture, Vol LVI, No 11 (11 March 1916), pp. 170. Works numbers were 52342 in September 1919, 53877-53878 in October 1920.

Central Galope was a sugar ingenio constructed at Cuba's extreme western end to redevelop sugar-growing areas that fallen out of use. It was located at San Juan y Martinez, southwest of Pinar del Rio. It would be close enough to the southern coast, said the news letter, to allow schooners to take its product either to Havana on the north coast or Cienfuegos on the south. Much recycling of earlier Ingenios' land (Centrals Guacamaya and Las Tunas) and equipment (Central Occitania) would reduce the cost of constructing the new mill.

These plantation Moguls were the larger type that rolled on standard-gauge track.

2 was later sold to Central Algodones and 3 went to Central Union. After the 1959 Revolucion, the Algodones was renamed for Orlando Gonzalez Ramirez and Central Union for Rafael Reyes. Both could still be found in 1995, although the ex-3, now renumbered 1673, was derelict.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID14810
RailroadCentral Galope
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1-3 / 1673
Number Built1
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)11.50 / 3.51
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)19.33 / 5.89
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.59
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)46.50 / 14.17
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)95,500 / 43,318
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)111,500 / 50,576
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)88,500 / 40,143
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)200,000 / 90,719
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)4000 / 15.15
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)6 / 6
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)53 / 26.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)52 / 1321
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)175 / 12.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)18" x 24" / 457x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)22,244 / 10089.72
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.29
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)219 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)11 / 3.35
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)103 / 9.57
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)21.30 / 1.98
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1355 / 125.88
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1355 / 125.88
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume191.69
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3728
Same as above plus superheater percentage3728
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area18,025
Power L14012
Power MT277.85

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