St John's & Halifax 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 4 (Locobase 11840)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 12, p.256. Works number was 7786 in January 1886.

Locobase is a little surprised to have found 40 entries in which the stroke of the HP piston is at least double its diameter. This little Eight-wheeler bore several heralds. In 1888, the St J & H became the St J & H River. In 1893, it was reorganized as the St John, Augustine & Indian River and finally the Florida East Coast took over the St J, A & IR in 1995.

Three years later the FEC scrapped this virtually new locomotive.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11840
RailroadSt John's & Halifax
Number in Class1
Road Numbers4
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 6.42'
Engine Wheelbase18.33'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers26000 lbs
Engine Weight42000 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight
Tender Water Capacity2600 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)22 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter48"
Boiler Pressure130 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)11" x 22"
Tractive Effort6128 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.24
Heating Ability
Firebox Area62.26 sq. ft
Grate Area11.86 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface515 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface515 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume212.83
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1542
Same as above plus superheater percentage1542
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area8094
Power L13551
Power MT602.20

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