South Indian 0-6-0 Locomotives in India

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class unknown (Locobase 3183)

Data from Ahrons (1927).

This large narrow-gauge system grew to a total length of 1,121 miles (1,805 km) by 1900. The main line running from Madras to Tuticorin covered 446 miles (718 km). It developed from an 1 July 1874 amalgamation of two earlier British-owned lines: the Great Southern of India, built in the 5' 6" broad gauge from Negapatam to Erode and completed in 1867 and the South Indian Tramway, a metre-gauge tramway that was opened in 1865 and soon renamed the Carnatic Railway.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID3183
RailroadSouth Indian
Number in Class
Road Numbers
Number Built
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)11 / 3.35
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)11 / 3.35
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase1
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)46,368 / 21,032
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)46,368 / 21,032
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)26 / 13
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)36 / 914
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)130 / 9
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)13" x 20" / 330x508
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)10,375 / 4706.03
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.47
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)48 / 4.46
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 9.75 / 0.91
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)667 / 61.99
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)667 / 61.99
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume217.09
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1268
Same as above plus superheater percentage1268
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area6240
Power L12303
Power MT328.50

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