Tuinucu Sugar Company 2-8-0 Locomotives in Cuba

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 2 (Locobase 14904)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 64, pp. 289. Works numbers were 52942-52945 in February 1920.

Rolled into the same order that produced the five 2-8-0s for the Cuban Cane Sugar Company in early 1920 (Locobase 14897), this quartet of oil-fired, superheated plantation Consolidations went to the Central Tuinucu, which was located near Sancti Spiritus in Santa Clara Province. They admitted steam through 11" (279 mm) piston valves.

Apparently the 2 remained with the Central Tuinucu until it was retired. The 3 was sent to the Central Stewart, which was renamed after the 1959 Revolucion and nationalization for Venezuela; the engine was given number 1739 to go with two others from the same production batch. The 4 went to the Central Baraguá in Camagney Province. When that central was renamed for Ecuador, the 4 was renumbered 1821. 5 joined several other 2-8-0s of identical design on the Central Moron. It was renumbered 1827 when the CM was renamed for Ciro Redondo.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID14904
RailroadTuinucu Sugar Company
Number in Class4
Road Numbers2-5
Number Built4
Valve Gearvarious
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)14.50 / 4.42
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.17 / 6.76
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.65
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)56.05 / 17.08
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)116,800 / 52,980
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)133,200 / 60,419
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)106,500 / 48,308
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)239,700 / 108,727
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)5000 / 18.94
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)2000 / 7570
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)49 / 24.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)50 / 1270
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)20" x 24" / 508x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)29,376 / 13324.75
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.98
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)128 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)18 - 5.375" / 137
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)12.75 / 3.89
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)142 / 13.20
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)29.70 / 2.76
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1312 / 121.93
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)258 / 23.98
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1570 / 145.91
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume150.34
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation5346
Same as above plus superheater percentage6201
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area29,650
Power L17467
Power MT563.76

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