Poland Spring 0-6-0 "Switcher" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 2 (Locobase 5308)

Data from Steamtown's Special History Study housed at [] (visited 4 January 2003). Used Richardson balanced slide valves.Works number was 67536 in April 1927.

Although Hiram Ricker and Sons originally contracted for this saddle-tanker, it's unlikely that it ever actually operated for the mineral-water bottler in Maine. What is known is that its second owner -- EJ Lavino & Company -- procured it as their engine #3 to switch cars at the manganese blast furnace in Sheridan, Pennsylvania. In 1966, Lavino moved #3 to Bellows Falls, Vermont. It was later preserved by Steamtown in Vermont and moved with the rest of the collection to Pennsylvania.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID5308
RailroadPoland Spring
Number in Class1
Road Numbers2
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)10.20 / 3.11
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)10.20 / 3.11
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase1
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)107,000 / 48,534
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)107,000 / 48,534
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)107,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)1500 / 5.68
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)1 / 1
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)59 / 29.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)44 / 1118
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)16" x 24" / 406x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)21,364 / 9690.56
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.01
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)157 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)11 / 3.35
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)18.23 / 1.69
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 Computation3281
Same as above plus superheater percentage3281
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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