Brooklyn, Bath & West End 2-4-2 "Columbian" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class West End (Locobase 16618)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 14, p 158. Works number was 9284 in June 1888.

See Locobase 16616 for a detailed description of this line. Traffic continued to grow and larger steam tank engines seemed to be the answer at that moment. So the BB&WE bought this double-ender tank in 1888. It was essentially an enlarged version of the existing design, but used trucks front and back that had swings "as large as possible to pass curves 125 ft radius" said the specification. The trucks drew their stability from their swing bolsters. The front truck on a center bearing, the rear on side bearings.

Gene Connelly's BB&WE compilation reported that the West End wound up on Nova Scotia's Halifax & Yarmouth Railway as their #3 not long after it was completed. Locobase could not confirm through other sources and wonders if the West End served the Nova Scotia construction company that laid out the H&Y. The railway later was renamed Halifax & South Yarmouth, but the only roster Locobase could find did not include the 3.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

ClassWest End
Locobase ID16618
RailroadBrooklyn, Bath & West End
Number in Class1
Road Numbers3
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 7.50 / 2.29
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)21.67 / 6.61
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)21.67 / 6.61
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)55,000 / 24,948
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)66,000 / 29,937
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)66,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)900 / 3.41
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)46 / 23
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)49 / 1245
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)130 / 9
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)15" x 22" / 381x559
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)11,163 / 5063.46
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.93
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)130 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 8.50 / 2.59
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)18 / 1.67
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 Computation2340
Same as above plus superheater percentage2340
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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