Chicago & Illinois Midland 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class A-1 (Locobase 7651)

Data from C&IM 4 -1954 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. See also DeGolyer, Volume 77, pp. 372+. Works numbers were 60064-60065 in June 1927 and 60590 in August 1928.

The Baldwin specs addressed a service that ran on 90 lb/yard (45 kg/metre) rail, met 16 deg curves, and scaled 2% grades.

According to George Drury (1993), these were the last three Americans built for any railroad in North America. Yet, as Drury notes, this purchase wasn't a fluke. The railroad still ran a Springfield-Peoria passenger service daily and even upgraded its passenger car fleet by buying six steel passenger cars. The three locomotives provided enough power for the trains on the schedule and could even be double-headed in a pinch.

By the late 1940s, passenger traffic had withered and 501 was sold for scrap. The last passenger train ran in 1953 and the surviving pair of 4-4-0s went to the scrapyard as well.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID7651
RailroadChicago & Illinois Midland
Number in Class3
Road Numbers500-502
Number Built3
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase7'
Engine Wheelbase21.33'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.33
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)47.92'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers77400 lbs
Engine Weight118400 lbs
Tender Light Weight109960 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight228360 lbs
Tender Water Capacity4500 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)10 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)65 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter64"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)18" x 24"
Tractive Effort18590 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.16
Heating Ability
Firebox Area113 sq. ft
Grate Area21.70 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1170 sq. ft
Superheating Surface242 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface1412 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume165.52
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3906
Same as above plus superheater percentage4570
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area23798
Power L110629
Power MT605.50


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