Bessemer & Lake Erie 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class E-5B/E-5C/E-5D (Locobase 9033)

Data from B&LE 1 - 1944 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

The B & LE didn't have much use strictly passenger engines, so their stud of such locomotives was relatively small. That holding included this sextet of Pittsburgh engines that were delivered with saturated boilers and slide valves in 1905, 108, and 1909. Later updates included replacing the slide valves with 8" (203 mm) piston valves in universal chests as well as a modest superheater installation. The two E-5Ds were slightly lighter than the earlier engines, but otherwise identical.

16 & 19 were later sold to the Union Railroad and the whole class was gone from the B & LE by 1944.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID9033
RailroadBessemer & Lake Erie
Number in Class6
Road Numbers16-19, 10-11
Number Built6
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 8.50'
Engine Wheelbase23.33'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.36
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)53.08'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)53900 lbs
Weight on Drivers104700 lbs
Engine Weight150300 lbs
Tender Light Weight127500 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight277800 lbs
Tender Water Capacity6500 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)13 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)87 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter68"
Boiler Pressure190 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)20" x 26"
Tractive Effort24700 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.24
Heating Ability
Firebox Area176 sq. ft
Grate Area30 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1543 sq. ft
Superheating Surface292 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface1835 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume163.21
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation5700
Same as above plus superheater percentage6612
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area38790
Power L111505
Power MT484.51


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