New Castle & Frenchtown 0-4-0 "Switcher" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Phoenix (Locobase 799)

Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin #13 (1927) has report by railroad of this engine's performance.

She was the four-coupled freight engine for the NC&F at the time. By early 1837, when the report reproduced above was written, Phoenix had accumulated $40.88 in repair bills.

The NC&F merged with three other railroads on 28 March 1877: Philadelphia, Wilmington &Baltimore; New Castle & Wilmington; and Southwark Railroad.

In 1882, the Phoenix was renamed Maryland.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Middle Run Media

Locobase ID799
RailroadNew Castle & Frenchtown
Number in Class1
Road Numbers
Number Built1
Valve Gear
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)11,000 / 4990
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)16,000 / 7257
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)9 / 4.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)54 / 1372
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)75 / 5.20
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)12" x 20" / 305x508
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)3400 / 1542.22
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.24
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation
Same as above plus superheater percentage
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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