Keeling Lindo Ltd 2-4-2 Locomotives in Jamaica

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 14503)

Data from DeGolyer, Vol 63, pp. 330+. See also "Jamaica News Letter", Sugar (February 1920), p75. Works numbers were 52228-52229 in August 1919.

Keeling-Lindo bought these two plantation saddle-tankers to support the new 10,000 ton sugar factory at Bernard Lodge, which opened on 14 February 1920. At the time it was the biggest on the island and its construction was due, said the somewhat breathless account, " to the gigantic efforts of Messrs. Lindo Bros, who are know throughout Jamaica and Central America for doing things big."

The factory was served by plantations planted out by the proprietors and contracts with other cane farmers. Connecting all of these was the network of standard-gauge tram lines on which the two "30-tonners" would pull a trailing load of 4-6 cars weighing 30 tons over level ground and around "easy" curves. One sidelight on delivery: The locomotive was to be "packed in boxes weighing not more than 12 tons" presumably because the biggest cargo-handling equipment available would be on the ship that brought them to Jamaica.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID14503
RailroadKeeling Lindo Ltd
Number in Class2
Road Numbers1-2
Number Built2
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 5.50 / 1.68
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)17 / 5.18
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.32
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)17 / 5.18
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)34,000 / 15,422
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)51,900 / 23,541
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)51,900 / 23,541
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)900 / 3.41
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)1 / 1
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)28 / 14
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)33 / 838
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)10" x 16" / 254x406
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)6594 / 2990.99
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.16
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)78 - 1.75" / 44
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 8.25 / 2.51
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)43 / 3.99
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 8.80 / 0.82
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)335 / 31.12
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)335 / 31.12
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume230.33
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1408
Same as above plus superheater percentage1408
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area6880
Power L13328
Power MT431.59

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