Kearney & Black Hills 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 2 (Locobase 11697)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1890, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 16, p. 69.

Works numbers were 11117 in August 1890 and 11517 in January 1891.

Soon after the K & BH was incorporated in Nebraska in May 1889, the Wood River Improvement Company bought these two small Americans, part of a quartet that included 2 others being produced for Vermont's Lebanon Springs Railway (see Locobase 11696). This pair first helped to build then serve a line that would ulitmately stretch 65.74 miles from Kearney Junction, Neb to Callaway. The UP took control of the K & BH in 1894.

Both of these Eight-wheelers were sold by the K & BH in November 1898 to the Wood River Improvement Company as part of the railway's absorption into the Union Pacific. 3 later operated on the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia, a 45-mile road in northern Washington State.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11697
RailroadKearney & Black Hills
Number in Class2
Road Numbers2-3
Number Built2
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 8.25'
Engine Wheelbase22.17'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.37
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers50000 lbs
Engine Weight80000 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight
Tender Water Capacity2800 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)42 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter62"
Boiler Pressure130 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)17" x 24"
Tractive Effort12362 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.04
Heating Ability
Firebox Area121 sq. ft
Grate Area16.30 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1181 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1181 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume187.31
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2119
Same as above plus superheater percentage2119
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area15730
Power L13805
Power MT335.54

If you have any railroad data such as diagram books, rail station plans or anything else that you would be willing to share, please contact us.