Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain / Rutland 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 339 /501 /G-14a (Locobase 14562)

Data from Dimensions and Classifications of Locomotives of the NYC&HR et al, September 1905, p. 339-340. Works number was 4645 in 1897.

Schenectady heavily promoted the cross-compound version of two-stage expansion during the 1890s, but with little long-lasting success in North America. Outside of articulated compound Mallets, locomotives that started out as compounds were soon converted to simple-expansion. So it was for this single Consolidation. The result can be seen in Locobase 14561, where you'll find the other two locomotives of this class, identical in all respects except their simple-expansion cylinder setup.


Class 339 /550 /G-14 (Locobase 14561)

Data from Dimensions and Classifications of Locomotives of the NYC&HR et al, September 1905, p. 337.

This diagram book reflected the New York Central's assumption of control over the Rutland in 1905. By that time, the cross-compound setup with which the locomotives had been driven when they were delivered in 1897 (Locobase 3286) had been replaced by the two simple-expansion cylinders shown in the specs.

When the New York Central gained operating control of the "Rut" in 1905, it renumbered them first as 2424-2426, then 2402-2404.

When local interests regained control of the Rutland in 1913, they renumbered the engines 10-12. As such, the class served the railroad until 1934 with the 11 and 12 being retired in January and the 10 in June of that year.


Class G-34A (Locobase 14574)

Data from 1925 Rutland Locomotive Diagram book digitized at Middlebury College in Vermont and made available on the Web at http://middarchive.middlebury.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/vtbookspamp/id/19372/rec/10, p. 27. Works numbers were 43037-43042 in 1907.


Class G-34B (Locobase 14573)

Data from 1925 Rutland Locomotive Diagram book digitized at Middlebury College in Vermont and made available on the Web at http://middarchive.middlebury.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/vtbookspamp/id/19372/rec/10, p. 28. Works numbers 48012-48014 in 1910.

Although the diagram shows the tube length as 16 feet even, the heating surface areas indicate the same tube lengths as the G-34A--15 feet 8 inches.


Class G-34C/D (Locobase 11701)

Data from the Digital Collections at Middlebury (College in Vt) at http://middarchive.middlebury.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/rrphotos&CISOPTR=78&REC=4. G-34D works numbers were 53280-53285 in 1913.

These were the latest (and last) Consolidations to be delivered new to the Rutland. A picture sent to Locobase by Chris Hohl in April 2013 shows the 28 as semi-streamlined for the Whippet fast freight service begun in the 1930s. The cosmetic treatment consisted of a valence mounted on the running board starting at the back of the cab and extending down the steps on either side of the smokebox. "RUTLAND" in gold leaf identifies the railroad. The color band continued rearward to adorn the tender.

It's an attractive update that gives a Canadian Pacific feel to an otherwise typical freight 2-8-0.


Class G-34a, b, c, d (Locobase 14572)

Data from 1925 Rutland Locomotive Diagram book digitized at Middlebury College in Vermont and made available on the Web at http://middarchive.middlebury.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/vtbookspamp/id/19372/rec/10, p. 29. Schenectady works numbers were 43037-43042 in 1907, 48011-48014 in 1910, 50150-50151 in 1911, and 53280-53285 in 1913.

These high-boilered Consolidations served the Rut a long time with only the 22 retiring before World War II began (October 1939, a month after Germany invaded Poland). Five others--17-21--operated into the late 1940s and the rest saw out steam on the Rutland , retiring in 1951-1952.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class339 /501 /G-14a339 /550 /G-14G-34AG-34BG-34C/D
Locobase ID14562 14561 14574 14573 11701
RailroadOgdensburg & Lake Champlain (Rutland)Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain (Rutland)Rutland (Rutland)Rutland (Rutland)Rutland (Rutland)
CountryUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA
Whyte2-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-0
Number in Class12638
Road Numbers339/550/2424/24012424-2426/2402-2404/10-1218-2315-1724-31/2424-2431
GaugeStdStdStdStdStd
Number Built12638
BuilderSchenectadySchenectadyAlco-SchenectadyAlco-SchenectadyAlco-Schenectady
Year18971897191419101913
Valve GearStephensonStephensonStephensonStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase15'15'17'17'17'
Engine Wheelbase22.83'22.83'25.75'25.75'25.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.66 0.66 0.66 0.66 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)49.92'49.92'60.12'60.12'60.12'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers135500 lbs135500 lbs187000 lbs188000 lbs188500 lbs
Engine Weight153000 lbs153000 lbs211000 lbs213000 lbs214000 lbs
Tender Light Weight93000 lbs93000 lbs147400 lbs147400 lbs147400 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight246000 lbs246000 lbs358400 lbs360400 lbs361400 lbs
Tender Water Capacity4000 gals4000 gals7500 gals7500 gals7500 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)10 tons10 tons12 tons12 tons12 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)56 lb/yard56 lb/yard78 lb/yard78 lb/yard79 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter54"54"63"63"63"
Boiler Pressure200 psi200 psi195 psi195 psi195 psi
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)22" x 28"19" x 28"22.5" x 30"22.5" x 30"22.5" x 30"
Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)34" x 28" (1)
Tractive Effort30073 lbs31821 lbs39958 lbs39958 lbs39958 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.51 4.26 4.68 4.70 4.72
Heating Ability
Firebox Area162 sq. ft162 sq. ft188 sq. ft188 sq. ft182 sq. ft
Grate Area30.80 sq. ft30.80 sq. ft50.23 sq. ft50.23 sq. ft50.20 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface2245 sq. ft2245 sq. ft2551 sq. ft2576 sq. ft2600 sq. ft
Superheating Surface537 sq. ft537 sq. ft538 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface2245 sq. ft2245 sq. ft3088 sq. ft3113 sq. ft3138 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume364.47244.33184.78186.59188.33
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation61606160979597959789
Same as above plus superheater percentage61606160114601146011453
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area3240032400428924289241523
Power L137385985123451238212387
Power MT243.27389.51582.16580.80579.49

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassG-34a, b, c, d
Locobase ID14572
RailroadRutland (Rutland)
CountryUSA
Whyte2-8-0
Number in Class20
Road Numbers2414-2431/14-31
GaugeStd
Number Built20
BuilderAlco-Schenectady
Year1907
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase17'
Engine Wheelbase25.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)60.12'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers187000 lbs
Engine Weight211000 lbs
Tender Light Weight147400 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight358400 lbs
Tender Water Capacity7500 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)12 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)78 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter63"
Boiler Pressure195 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)22" x 30"
Tractive Effort38201 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.90
Heating Ability
Firebox Area188 sq. ft
Grate Area50.23 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface3453 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface3453 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume261.61
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation9795
Same as above plus superheater percentage9795
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area36660
Power L16815
Power MT321.38

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