Visalia & Tulare 2-4-2 "Columbian" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 2 (Locobase 11607)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1888, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 15, p. 56

Works numbers were 9938 in April 1889. Information about the V & T available in "CHAPTER XV: THE RAILROAD DREAM", Eugene L Menefree & Fred A Dodge, History of Tulare and Kings Counties, California - History (Los Angeles, Calfi: Historic Record Company, 1913) archived at [] . Menefree and Dodge reported that the V & T was built in 1888 with local capital, some of which went to buy the small tank locomotive in this entry. By 1897, the road's chronic unprofitablility and competition from the recently arrived Santa Fe led to its closing.

The #2 was sold off to the Tacoma Eastern Railroad in August 1900.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID11607
RailroadVisalia & Tulare
Number in Class1
Road Numbers2
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 5.50 / 1.68
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)17.25 / 5.26
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.32
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)17.25 / 5.26
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)15,910 / 7217
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)28,800 / 13,063
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)41,880 / 18,996
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)41,880
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)500 / 1.89
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)24 / 12
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)30 / 762
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)130 / 9
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)11" x 16" / 279x406
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)7131 / 3234.57
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.04
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)90 - 1.5" / 38
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 8.33 / 2.54
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 8.50 / 0.79
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 Computation1105
Same as above plus superheater percentage1105
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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