Charleston & Western 0-4-0 Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Best Friend of Charleston (Locobase 1016)

(Kinert, 1962) for tube number, Hollingsworth (1982) for axle loading. This engine gained fame for its spectacular boiler explosion, caused it was said by the fireboy's tying down the safety valve to cut the noise. A second engine, West Point, was very similar.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassBest Friend of Charleston
Locobase ID1016
RailroadCharleston & Western
Number in Class2
Road Numbers1
Number Built2
Valve Gear
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase
Engine Wheelbase
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)4500 lbs
Weight on Drivers10000 lbs
Engine Weight10000 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight10000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity165 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)8 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter57"
Boiler Pressure50 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)6" x 16"
Tractive Effort429 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)23.31
Heating Ability
Firebox Area
Grate Area 2.20 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface0
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation110
Same as above plus superheater percentage110
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area0
Power L10
Power MT0

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