Lafourche, Raceland & Lockport 0-4-2 Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 7 (Locobase 16558)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 19, p. 141. Baldwin works numbers are unclear.

Baldwin's specification shows an order for six locomotives from sugar planation owner Leon Godchaux. Locobase has found that Baldwin used a stock plantation engine design (see, e.g., Locobase 13485) that didn't differ from the template for many years as either 0-4-2Ts as seen here or 0-4-4-Ts.

A key spec was always the very light 25 lb/yard (12.5 kg/metre) rail weight on a line that ran alongside Bayou Lafourche for 12 miles (19.3 km) from Raceland southeast to Lockport's Field Lake..

According to the specs, three of the engines went to the LR&L as shown here. (See Locobase 16557 for the other three.)

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID16558
RailroadLafourche, Raceland & Lockport
Number in Class3
Road Numbers7, 9, 14
Number Built3
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)4 / 1.22
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)14.17 / 4.32
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.28
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)14.17 / 4.32
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)19,000 / 8618
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)30,000 / 13,608
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)30,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)550 / 2.08
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)16 / 8
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)30 / 762
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)135 / 9.30
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)9" x 14" / 229x356
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)4338 / 1967.69
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.38
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)64 - 1.5" / 38
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 6.50 / 1.98
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)25.90 / 2.41
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 4.68 / 0.43
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)192 / 17.84
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)192 / 17.84
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume186.41
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation632
Same as above plus superheater percentage632
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area3497
Power L12107
Power MT488.96

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