Seoul-Fusan 2-8-0 Locomotives in Korea

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 14 (Locobase 12689)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 27, p. 5. Works numbers were 23774-23777, 23799-23800 in April 1904.

The Seoul-Fusan was reported by the Anglo-Japanese Gazette (September 1902, p. 53) as requiring prodigies of effort: "The country through which the line will pass is immensely difficult, and, though only 285 miles long, will involve the construction of nearly eight miles of tunnelling, four miles of bridging, deep cuttings, and heavy embankments." The AJJ's reporter indulges in a little labour commentary as well: "As Korean labourers receive little over sixpence a day, the heavy character of the work can be better gauged from the estimated cost of +9,000 per mile." ( A sixpence equalled 1/40th of a pound sterling.)

Despite the implication that orders of locomotives from England proved their superiority, new motive power included these 6 Consolidations from Philadelphia. They were not especially big as Baldwin Consolidations went and occupied the middle of non-US-railroad 2-8-0s of the time.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID12689
Number in Class6
Road Numbers14-19
Number Built6
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)15 / 4.57
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)23 / 7.01
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.65
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)130,000 / 58,967
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)144,000 / 65,317
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)80,000 / 36,287
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)224,000 / 101,604
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)4000 / 15.15
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)54 / 27
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)54 / 1372
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)20" x 26" / 508x660
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)29,467 / 13366.02
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.41
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)240 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)13.83 / 4.22
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)147.20 / 13.68
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)30.82 / 2.86
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1875 / 174.26
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1875 / 174.26
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume198.33
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation5548
Same as above plus superheater percentage5548
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area26,496
Power L14474
Power MT303.49

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