Marcellus & Otisco Lake 2-4-2 "Columbian" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 3 (Locobase 13922)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 22, p. 228,. See also Locobase 9647 for a description of the M & OL. Works number was 37520 in February 1912.

About six years and 10,000 builder's numbers after Baldwin supplied a medium-sized saddle-tank to Berlin Mills (Locobase 12909), the Philadelphia builder delivered a very similar engine to a New York State short line. Like the 2-4-0 that preceded it, the 3 had to handle 2% grades and relatively tight 150-ft (46-metre) radius curves. The rails weighed a relatively heavy 70 lb/yard (35-kg/metre).

Unlike the 1, however, the 3's mission was moving freight for the mills in Marcellus and Marietta. After almost 30 years of service, it was scrapped in 1941.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13,922
RailroadMarcellus & Otisco Lake
Number in Class1
Road Numbers3
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)7
Engine Wheelbase (ft)22.42
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.31
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)22.42
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)87,000
Engine Weight (lbs)124,500
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)124,500
Tender Water Capacity (gals)1800
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)73
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)44
Boiler Pressure (psi)175
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)16" x 22"
Tractive Effort (lbs)19,040
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.57
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)104
Grate Area (sq ft)14.40
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)1094
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)1094
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume213.69
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2520
Same as above plus superheater percentage2520
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area18,200
Power L14046
Power MT205.06

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