Central Los Ca±os / Crossett Lumber Company 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 15255)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 72, p.66. Works number was 57599 in January 1924.

This sugar grower's railway had been built to the 30" gauge, but apparently was widened later on. Even at the 1,000-mm width, however, rail weights still came in at 35 lb/yard (17.5 kg/meter), grades pitched up at a maximum 4%, and curve radii were as tight as 131 feet (39.9 metres).

The 1 kept its number and gaiined a name--Bayaney-- when sold to the Central Bayaney. Sometime later, the 1 was sold to the Ponce & Guayama and renumbered 13. See Locobase 14769 for a brief description of the P&G.


Class 10 (Locobase 11089)

Data from Logging Locomotives 1913 (Philadelphia, Pa: Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1913), p 21. Works number was 35870 in January 1911.

Crossett (of Crossett, Ark) ran this Consolidation in common-carrier service until that road closed in 1925, at which point the lumber company sold the engine to Fordyce Lumber Company. They in turn sold it to the Ashley, Drew & Northern.

A biographical entry in Harry E Downer, History of Davenport and Scott Counties, Iowa, Volume II (Chicago: S J Clarke, 1910), p. 20 recounts the life of Edward Savage Crossett. After his great success in helping to found the timber industry in Arkansas, Crossett adopted a remarkably progressive stand:

"In the principle of cooperation Mr. Crossett has always been interested. With William Morris, its modern apostle [and well-known as the father of the Arts and Crafts movement in art and architecture], he has believed that the profits accruing from any enterprise should in some equitable way be divided among those producing them. In 1899 the Crossett Lumber Company was organized on a cooperative basis, not as the result of any dreaming of a modern Utopia, but as a business proposition, and partly no doubt because of his own long bout with the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." In the cooperative organization Messrs. Crossett, Watzek and Gates held three-fourths of the stock and certain employes the other one-fourth. In recognition of Mr. Crossett's generosity, his fine sense of justice in this self-centered age, and of his wise council and

cooperation always so freely given, his associates named the new town in his

honor, and Crossett, Arkansas, came upon the map."

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class110
Locobase ID15255 11089
RailroadCentral Los Ca±osCrossett Lumber Company
CountryUSAUSA
Whyte2-8-02-8-0
Number in Class11
Road Numbers110
GaugeMetreStd
Number Built11
BuilderBaldwinBaldwin
Year19241911
Valve GearWalschaertStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase10'14.50'
Engine Wheelbase16.33'22'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.61 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)37.02'49.75'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers60000 lbs115250 lbs
Engine Weight68000 lbs130850 lbs
Tender Light Weight33000 lbs79150 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight101000 lbs210000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity1500 gals4000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)3 tons2 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)25 lb/yard48 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter36"50"
Boiler Pressure170 psi180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)14" x 18"20" x 24"
Tractive Effort14161 lbs29376 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.24 3.92
Heating Ability
Firebox Area75 sq. ft142 sq. ft
Grate Area11.60 sq. ft30.30 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface703 sq. ft1772 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface703 sq. ft1772 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume219.21203.06
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation19725454
Same as above plus superheater percentage19725454
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area1275025560
Power L134294266
Power MT503.98326.42


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