Santa Fe 2-8-8-0 Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 3296 (Locobase 436)

Data from AT&SF 7 -1920 locomotive diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. Information about how many, when, and by whom this class was supplied from (also visited 6 Feb 2006), the Santa Fe All-Time Steam Roster maintained by Evan Werkema.

Known to the Santa Fe as a "Consolidation Mallet," these two engines were rebuilt from 2-8-0s at Topeka in 1911. Like other Santa Fe mallets, this class has an additional 2,383 sq ft ahead of the tube sheets as reheater space. Its grate area, on the other hand, was almost laughably small and was worked very hard. Another oddity was the weight distribution. On the front engine only the front driven axle carried as much as 50,000 lb (56,000 lb, actually) while the other three all bore 35,000-37,000 lb. The rear engine had a little more balance, but the axle loadings still varied from 42,500 lb (rearmost) to 54,000 lb (1st and 3rd).

The first engine -- 3296 -- later had its HP cylinders bushed to 22 inches (possibly because its maintainers could no longer get the original 24-in diameter true enough during reboring). Tractive effort rating dropped to 76,750 lb.

Restored to 2-8-0 arrangement in 1923.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID436
RailroadSanta Fe (ATSF)
Number in Class4
Road Numbers3296-3299
Number Built4
BuilderSanta Fe
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase41.50'
Engine Wheelbase51'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.81
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)94.48'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)56000 lbs
Weight on Drivers366500 lbs
Engine Weight391500 lbs
Tender Light Weight234460 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight625960 lbs
Tender Water Capacity12000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)4000 gals
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)76 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter57"
Boiler Pressure200 psi
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)24" x 32"
Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)38" x 32" (2)
Tractive Effort78595 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.66
Heating Ability
Firebox Area157 sq. ft
Grate Area47.40 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface2930 sq. ft
Superheating Surface1922 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface4852 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume174.87
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation9480
Same as above plus superheater percentage13272
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area43960
Power L19505
Power MT457.41


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