Nevada Consolidated Copper Company 0-6-2 Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 500 (Locobase 14326)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 53, pp. 63+. Works numbers were 44795-44796 in January 1917.

The NCC laid 75 lb/yard (37.5 kg/metre) rail over a profile that included maximum 5% grades and very tight 45 degree curves (radii of 130 feet/39.6 metres). This superheated radial tank had 9 1/2" (241 mm) piston valves and a trailing carrying axle that swung 8 1/2"(216 mm) to each side.

The design was one of the biggest of that wheel arrangement to be operated by any railroad. It suited the NCCC, which ran it for more than thirty years before its scrapping in 1951.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14,326
RailroadNevada Consolidated Copper Company
Number in Class2
Road Numbers500-501
Number Built2
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)11
Engine Wheelbase (ft)19.83
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.55
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)19.83
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)146,000
Engine Weight (lbs)162,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)162,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)2200
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)81
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)46
Boiler Pressure (psi)180
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)19" x 26"
Tractive Effort (lbs)31,219
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.68
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)134
Grate Area (sq ft)28
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)1336
Superheating Surface (sq ft)282
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)1618
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume156.58
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation5040
Same as above plus superheater percentage5897
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area28,220
Power L17350
Power MT332.96

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