Siracusa-Licata / FSE 0-6-0 Locomotives in Italy

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 11 (Locobase 6188)

Data from [] (30 June 2004). This website celebrates the Ferrovie de Sud-Est; see Locobase 6186. Works number was 637 or 638, according to Josef Pospichal's listing of the "Societa anonima delle ferrovie sussidiate".

This lone SLM joined eleven Sussidiate locomotives built by SA St Leonard as the 72-km (45 mile) Sussidiate took over operations in southeastern Italy. Locobase couldn't establish its provenance for quite some time until Allen Stanley sent him a copy of Jens Merte's SLM builder's list. Both 637 and 638 refer to a pair of locomotives delivered in 1890 to Marsaglia & Cie in San Remo, Italy for use on the Siracusa-Licata railway on the island of Sicily. They operated as road numbers 1-2.

Locobase cannot reconstruct the changing fortunes that led only one of the two Siracusa-Licata engines ending up on the Sussidiate, which was based in the southern Adriatic coast port of Bari. But a recurring theme refers to the inability of most of these small southeastern railways to make money. Ultimately, they were all rolled into the Ferrovie della Sud-Este in 1931.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID6188
RailroadSiracusa-Licata / FSE
Number in Class1
Road Numbers11
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 9.84 / 3
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m) 9.84 / 3
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase1
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m) 9.84 / 3
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)77,823 / 35,300
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)77,823 / 35,300
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)77,823 / 35,300
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)924 / 3.50
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT) 1.70 / 2
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)43 / 21.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)51.20 / 1300
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)203.10 / 14
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)14.96" x 23.63" / 380x600
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)17,831 / 8088.02
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.36
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)161 - 1.811" / 46
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)13.99 / 1.30
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)870 / 80.85
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)870 / 80.85
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume180.97
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2841
Same as above plus superheater percentage2841
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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