Virginia & Truckee 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Reno (Locobase 4951)

Data and information from [] . See also Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 6, p. 51

Reno and sister Genoa both wound up in moving pictures. Reno (Baldwin works # 2816) eventually was sold to MGM for $5,000 after a long career on the Nevada railroad. Genoa (3090) eventually went east to star as the Union Pacific's Jupiter in the 1939 New York World's Fair's Railroads on Parade. After another stint at a Chicago Railway fair, the engine was preserved by the Pacific Coast Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

#22 Inyo (Baldwin 3693) looks as if it might be a near-sister, but slightly heavier. According to NRSM's entry about the INYO herself, she served regular mixed passenger and freight traffic for years. Eventually she was bought by Paramount Pictures for movies in the 1930s and was shown on the TV series Wild Wild West in the 1960s.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Middle Run Media

Locobase ID4951
RailroadVirginia & Truckee
Number in Class2
Road Numbers11-12
Number Built2
BuilderM. Baird & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)45,500 / 20,638
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)65,000 / 29,484
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)2200 / 8.33
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)38 / 19
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)56.75 / 1443
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)130 / 9
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)16" x 24" / 406x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)11,963 / 5426.33
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.80
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)144 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)10.95 / 3.34
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)15.40 / 1.43
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 Computation2002
Same as above plus superheater percentage2002
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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