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 ID11607
RailroadVisalia & Tulare
Number in Class1
Road Numbers2
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 5.50'
Engine Wheelbase17.25'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.32
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)17.25'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)15910 lbs
Weight on Drivers28800 lbs
Engine Weight41880 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight41880 lbs
Tender Water Capacity500 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)24 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter30"
Boiler Pressure130 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)11" x 16"
Tractive Effort7131 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.04
Heating Ability
Firebox Area
Grate Area 8.50 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface0
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 area0
Power L10
Power MT0

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