Truxillo 2-8-0 Locomotives in Honduras

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 8 (Locobase 15062)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 66, p. 70. Works numbers were 53281and 53317 in June 1920.

The Truxillo was originally projected as an independently owned railway that would ascend the Yoro River and eventually reach Tegucigalpa. At the time, exports through the port of Truxillo consisted of hides, coconuts, and sarsaparilla. The railway was headed to Juticalpa, with a branch line connecting Tegucigalpa, the nation's capital, with the TR.

In September 1913, JB Camors & Company arranged for the Truxillo's takeover by United Fruit Company. According to the 14 September 1913 New York Times, the project was expected to take two years and allow United Fruit to exploit rich banana-growing lands in western Honduras.

By the time the TR bought these oil-burning Consolidations, it served thousands of acres of banana plantations.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID15062
Number in Class1
Road Numbers8-9
Number Built1
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)11.50 / 3.51
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)18.33 / 5.59
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.63
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)46.50 / 14.17
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)90,500 / 41,050
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)98,000 / 44,452
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)84,000 / 38,102
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)182,000 / 82,554
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)4000 / 15.15
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)1800 / 6813
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)38 / 19
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)42 / 1067
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)190 / 13.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)17" x 20" / 432x508
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)22,225 / 10081.10
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.07
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)180 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)15.50 / 4.72
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)70 / 6.51
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)19.60 / 1.82
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1523 / 141.54
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1523 / 141.54
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume289.87
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3724
Same as above plus superheater percentage3724
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area13,300
Power L14741
Power MT461.97

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