Texas Central 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 115 (Locobase 10772)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works, Record of Recent Construction ((1903), No. 31, p. 20-21. Works numbers were 19274-19275 in July 1901and 19793-19794 in November. For the history of the TC, see http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/eqt11.html . The Texas Central was an independent railroad until it was taken over by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas in 1910. Nicknamed by the railroad the Lone Star Line or the Great Daylight Route, the "Tin Can", as it was also known, was first incorporated as the Texas Central Railway and built between Ross Station near Waco and Albany, 177 miles distant. In 1882-1884, the company also laid tracks between Garrett and Roberts, which lay some miles to the Northeast; this line operated independently.

After a reorganization, new managements took over the renamed Texas Central Railroad in 1892 and built more trackage from Albany and Stamford in 1900 (extended to Rotan in 1907) made the final link to Waco from Ross in 1905, and added a 40-mile branch line from De Leon to Cross Plains in 1910. By this time, a healthy traffic in goobers led to an additioanl nickname: The Peanut Line. At one point, the railroad's herald resembled the badge of the Texas Rangers.

Motive power included this quartet of modestly scaled Consolidations fitted with cylinders of dimensions not usually found in 2-8-0s. Baldwin cited the class's minimum curve radius as a relatively tight 260 feet. When the Katy actually leased the line in 1914, these engines were designated Class G, renumbered 676-679, and operated for another 10 years before being sold for scrap.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID10772
RailroadTexas Central
Number in Class4
Road Numbers115-118
Number Built4
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase15.17'
Engine Wheelbase22.67'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.67
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)49.56'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers114375 lbs
Engine Weight129095 lbs
Tender Light Weight79905 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight209000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity4000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)48 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter57"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)18" x 26"
Tractive Effort22612 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.06
Heating Ability
Firebox Area154.70 sq. ft
Grate Area35.10 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1775 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1775 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume231.79
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation6318
Same as above plus superheater percentage6318
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area27846
Power L15691
Power MT438.78

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