Visalia & Tulare 2-4-2 "Columbian" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 2 (Locobase 11607)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1888, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 15, p. 56

Works numbers were 9938 in April 1889. Information about the V & T available in "CHAPTER XV: THE RAILROAD DREAM", Eugene L Menefree & Fred A Dodge, History of Tulare and Kings Counties, California - History (Los Angeles, Calfi: Historic Record Company, 1913) archived at . Menefree and Dodge reported that the V & T was built in 1888 with local capital, some of which went to buy the small tank locomotive in this entry. By 1897, the road's chronic unprofitablility and competition from the recently arrived Santa Fe led to its closing.

The #2 was sold off to the Tacoma Eastern Railroad in August 1900.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11,607
RailroadVisalia & Tulare
Number in Class1
Road Numbers2
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft) 5.50
Engine Wheelbase (ft)17.25
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.32
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)17.25
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)15,910
Weight on Drivers (lbs)28,800
Engine Weight (lbs)41,880
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)41,880
Tender Water Capacity (gals)500
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)24
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)30
Boiler Pressure (psi)130
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)11" x 16"
Tractive Effort (lbs)7131
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.04
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)
Grate Area (sq ft) 8.50
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1105
Same as above plus superheater percentage1105
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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