Garden City, Gulf & Northern 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 3 (Locobase 14064)

Data from DeGolyer, Volume 45, p. 148. See also Frank W Blackmar, Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, etc., Volume I (Chicago: Standard Publishing Company, 1912), pp. 708-709, archived at Works number was 33639 in August 1909.

Basil M McCue, local land owner and land salesman, incorporated the GCG&N in January 1907. The Kansas Construction & Irrigation Company built the 37.335 miles of track between Scott City and Garden City from 1907 to 1910. Although the short line used relatively heavy rail weighing 70 lb/yard (35 kg/metre), its profile had a relatively steep maximum grade of 5%.

Blackmar's entry on Garden City describes a town of better than 3,000 souls located on the Arkansas River in Finney County (of which it was the county seat). It was the commercial center for "a large and prosperous irrigating district" that was in the midst of the beet sugar region and possessing a million-dollar beet sugar factory processing 200,000 lb of refined sugar daily. It boasted electricity, waterworks, sewer system, fire and police departments, "shady streets and lawns" in the residential areas. Daily stages connected the town with Santa Fe, Eminence and Essex with another stage running to Terryton 3 times a week.

In 1911, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe took over the entire line.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14064
RailroadGarden City, Gulf & Northern
Number in Class1
Road Numbers3
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 8.25'
Engine Wheelbase22.25'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.37
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers58500 lbs
Engine Weight93000 lbs
Tender Light Weight90000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight183000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity4350 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)2370 gals
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)49 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter62"
Boiler Pressure160 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)17" x 24"
Tractive Effort15214 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.85
Heating Ability
Firebox Area119 sq. ft
Grate Area16.50 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1186 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1186 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume188.10
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2640
Same as above plus superheater percentage2640
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area19040
Power L14670
Power MT351.99

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