Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Railway 2-10-2 "Santafe" Locomotives in the USA

The Algoma Central Railway was started in 1899. Shortly after incorporating, it had plans to lay track to Hudson Bay and changed its name to the Algoma Central and Hudson Bay Railway Company. Tracks never reached Hudson Bay, but the name remained unchanged until 1965 when the name did change to the Algoma Central Railway. In 1995, the railway became part of the Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation and its name was changed to Algoma Central Railway Inc.

The Algoma bought two "Santa Fe" type locomotives from the Canadian Locomotive Company in 1929 and gave them roads numbers 50 and 51. These two locomotives had 57" diameter drivers, 24" x 28" cylinders, a 250 psi boiler pressure, they exerted 60,125 pounds of tractive effort and each weighed 347,600 pounds. They had small boilers, a high boiler pressure and with a total heating surface of 4,910 square feet these locomotive operated well.

There are no surviving Algoma Central & Hudson Bay 2-10-2 "Santa Fe" type locomotives.


Qty.Road NumbersYear BuiltBuilderNotes
250-511929CLCBuilt in 1929 by the Canadian Locomotive Company. Number 50 scrapped in 1951. Number 51 scrapped in 1953
Specifications by Richard Duley
Road Numbers:50 & 51
Wheel Arrangement:2-10-2
Drivers:57" dia.
Weight on Drivers:254,800 lbs.
Total Locomotive Weight:347,600 lbs.
Locomotive & Tender Weight:558,700 lbs.
Grate Area:66.7 sq. ft.
Cylinders (dia. x stroke):(2) 24" x 28"
Boiler Pressure:250 psi
Tractive Effort:60,125 lbs.
Tender Capacity:
Water:9,500 gals
Coal:15 tons
  • 50 (Jim Parker Collection)
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