Wheeling & Lake Erie 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class G-3/H-10 (Locobase 5427)

Data from "Consolidation Locomotives for the Wheeling & Lake Erie," Railway and Locomotive Engineering, Vol 26, No 12 (December 1913), pp. 451-452. See also data from W&LE 10-1948 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. Works numbers ran from 53722 to 53741.

The W & LE diagram shows that this burly Consolidation fed its cylinders with 14" piston valves. They were indeed robust locomotives with considerable cylinder volume and adequate superheater area for their generation. In fact, RLE's report claimed: "They deserve special study ...On roads where freight service does not demand a speed greater than that which can be obtained economically by 57" wheels, the Consolidation should be the preferable type." One advantage of the smaller drivers was the ability to increase the firebox's depth, which the R&LE described as always "a serious problem with the Consolidation engine." In this design the distance from the grate's surface up to the bottom row of firetubes was 24 3/4" (629 mm).

The boiler was described by Alco as a 100% vessel that was guaranteed "to furnish a constant supply of steam for any sustained speed the locomotive cylinders are capable of making."

Firebox heating surface area, which measured 223.7 sq ft (20.8 sq m) when delivered in 1913, was later augmented by 31.7 sq ft (2.95 sq m) of arch tubes. They were delivered with boilers set to 185 psi (12.75 bar), but pressure soon rose to 200 psi (13.8 bar).

The class went to work on the Toledo division on the 72 miles (116 km) between Brewster and Huron, Ohio. Wheeling's superintendent of motive power and cars FT Hyndman's review of early performance was quite favorable, reported the R&LE,which summarized the conclusion: "[T]he engines are very efficient and economical. They steam very freely and give no trouble whatever from lack of steam when properly fired."

The ruling grade against eastbound traffic was a mere 0.5% and the westbound trains felt even less resistance from a 0.4% average. One five-mile grade of 1.15% required helper service. Eastbound trains averaged 3,130 tons, westbound 3,575 tons, each at 20 mph. Average coal consumption for the trip was 15,360 lb (6,967 kg) or half a full tender; ton-mile consumption came to 0.636 lb (28.8 grams). Average water consumption was about a tender and a half: 14,416 US gallons (54,565 litres) or .0859 gallons (0.22 litres) per ton-mile.

Later updates included a very welcome stoker and syphons; see Locobase 7824.


Class H-10 with syphons (Locobase 7874)

Data from W&LE 10-1948 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

Locobase 5427 shows these twenty big Consolidations as they were delivered in 1913. The firebox heating surface in this entry reflects the later deletion of two fire tubes and two arch tubes (14.2 sq ft/1.3 sq m) in favor of two Nicholson thermic syphons (80.5 sq ft/7.5 sq m). Some engines were retrofitted with automatic stokers and the weights given in this entry show locomotives with both syphons and stoker added at a gain of 7,020 lb (3,184 kg) over the original configuration.

The W & LE diagram shows that this burly Consolidation fed its cylinders with 14" piston valves.

Nine of the class were withdrawn and scrapped in October-November 1941. Except as described below, the other seven continued in service until November-December 1949.

6062 and 6066 were sold in December 1942 to the Pittsburgh & West Virginia as their G-8 950-951. The P&WV leased the 6055 in January 1943, but lost it in a wreck two months later. Four more--6053, 6056, 6061, and 6067--were leased by the Nickel Plate in December 1949, but withdrawn within a year.


Class H-10 with syphons (Locobase 14453)

Data from W&LE 10-1948 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

Locobase 5427 shows these twenty big Consolidations as they were delivered in 1913. The firebox heating surface in this entry reflects the later deletion of two fire tubes and two arch tubes (14.2 sq ft/1.3 sq m) in favor of 2 Nicholson thermic syphons (80.5 sq ft/7.5 sq m). Some engines were retrofitted with automatic stokers and the weights given in this entry show locomotives with both syphons and stoker added at a gain of 7,020 lb (3,184 kg) over the original configuration.

The W & LE diagram shows that this burly Consolidation fed its cylinders with 14" piston valves.


Class H-3 (Locobase 7887)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

Viewed in company with dozens of other Consolidation classes that ran on US rails at the turn of the century, this was a small design. The boiler had one of the lowest amounts of heating surface and grate and firebox areas ran well below the median. Weights ran low as well, stamping this class as light-footed, branch-line engines.


Class H-3 - 3009 (Locobase 7888)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. See also

This trio was originally delivered as cross-compounds with 22" HP and 33" LP cylinders. Compared to the earlier H-3s (Locobase 7887), their boilers had 25 more tubes in a barrel that measured 2" smaller behind the smokebox. The difference was the greater taper back by the firebox. Still, as Consolidations went in those turn-of-the-century days, this was a rather small design.

As was usual with North American railroads, the cross-compound era on the W & LE lasted only a short time before the engines were converted to simple expansion.


Class H-5 (Locobase 7891)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. See also Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 25, p.255. Works numbers were 21997, 22003, 22036-37, 22051-22053 in April 1903; 22105-06, 22114, 22140, 22149-50, 22189, 22270 in May.

This Consolidation class represents a good-sized freight design of the early 1900s. Baldwin supplied them as Vauclain compounds in small batches.

These were rebuilt as simple-expansion 21" x 30" engines, but apparently were never superheated. Locobase has established that the W & LE diagrams have a mysterious value for the count of tubes in the boilers of this class. The original Baldwin spec showed 366 2" tubes, which yields a heating surface area quite in line with the total heating surface given in the W & LE diagrams. But the latter credit this class with 319 tubes. It may be that the boilers were rebuilt with 2 1/4" tubes, but the total heating surface falls short.

3560 was scrapped first in July 1928. The others followed over the next 4 years with 3557 completing the break-up in November 1932.


Class H-6a (Locobase 7892)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

This Consolidation class was apparently delivered out of a single batch (works #30845-30894). They had 11" piston valves. By 1924, the time of the guide from which the data are taken, the number of saturated-boiler engines had been cut in half. The others are shown in Locobase 7893-7894.


Class H-6a - superheated (Locobase 8324)

Data from W&LE 10 - 1948 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

This Consolidation class was apparently delivered out of a single batch (works #30845-30894). They had 11" piston valves. By 1924, the time of the guide from which the data are taken, the number of saturated-boiler engines had been cut in half. The others are shown in Locobase 7893-7894.


Class H-6b / G-2 (Locobase 7893)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

A look at the works numbers suggests that this class, as defined in 1924, was a subset of the original H-6 Consolidation class of 1905 and were superheated later as well. These had larger cylinders with 12" piston valves (vs 11" in the original), a useful degree of superheat, 3 arch tubes contributing 21.8 sq ft to the firebox's heating surface, and Baker gear. H-6c engines received the superheater and the arch tubes, but were otherwise similar to H-6a locomotives; see Locobase 7894.


Class H-6c (Locobase 7894)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

Locobase notes that this subclass used the original power layout supplied when the H-6 class was first delivered in 1905 (Locobase 7892), including the 11" piston valves, the 21 1/2" cylinders, and 200-psi boiler pressure. Added later, as shown here, are the superheater and 3 arch tubes contributing 21.8 sq ft to the firebox's heating surface.


Class H-7 (Locobase 7898)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

Locobase has a hunch that this class came from another railroad during an acquisition. The diagram was placed last in both books even though the class ID, wheel arrangement, and engine numbers suggested a location somewhere in the middle. Also, the numbers themselves seem out of order with the rest of the Consolidations (although not by much) and the locomotive listings at the front of the books show no builder's numbers or old-number series, as they did for all of the other W & LE engines.


Class H-7 / I3 (Locobase 5698)

The data is from a June 1908 table in American Engineer and Railroad Journal (p 230), which specifically conveys this design to the Wabash. Additional confirmation from WAB 1 - 1917 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. Works numbers were 29129-29130, 29158-29159 in September 1906; 29175, 29182-29184, 29196, 29230, 29246-29248, 29257, 29270-29272, 29287, 29296, 29304-29305, 29338-29341 in October; and 29389, 29406, 29429, 29495, 29511 in November.

Drury (1993), however, says that the only Consolidations the Wabash ever used were second-hand locomotives from the DT&I (I-2) and the Wheeling & Lake Erie (I-3). Both of those transactions came well after the publication of the table in AERJ. So what railroad actually operated this locomotive?

It's confusing because although Connelly shows the class going to the Wabash in 1910, the AERJ already put them on the Indiana railroad. And Baldwin's own specs show the engines were purchased by the Wabash, but lettered for the W & LE.

The AERJ shows a firebox area of 192 sq ft, however, while the 1917 diagram (dated January of that year) shows 283 sq ft. The latter number seems unlikely and in fact later Wabash diagrams show total firebox heating surface as recorded here in the specs, of which 26 sq ft was manifested in 4 arch tubes.

In the 1920s, the Wabash superheated this class; see Locobase 6294.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassG-3/H-10H-10 with syphonsH-10 with syphonsH-3H-3 - 3009
Locobase ID5427 7874 14453 7887 7888
RailroadWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake Erie
CountryUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA
Whyte2-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-0
Number in Class2022083
Road Numbers2401-2420 / 6051-60702401-2420/6051-60706051-60703001-30083009-3011
GaugeStdStdStdStdStd
Number Built20283
BuilderAlco-SchenectadyW&LEAlco-SchenectadyPittsburghPittsburgh
Year19131925192519001902
Valve GearWalschaertWalschaertWalschaertStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase17'17'17'15.67'15.67'
Engine Wheelbase27'27'27'23.58'23.58'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.63 0.63 0.63 0.66 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)62.71'62.21'62.17'53.08'52'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)62100 lbs62100 lbs62100 lbs
Weight on Drivers236000 lbs244420 lbs244420 lbs132200 lbs135600 lbs
Engine Weight266500 lbs274920 lbs274920 lbs148500 lbs151200 lbs
Tender Light Weight177300 lbs189300 lbs189300 lbs84500 lbs87600 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight443800 lbs464220 lbs464220 lbs233000 lbs238800 lbs
Tender Water Capacity9000 gals9000 gals9000 gals4000 gals4000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)15 tons21 tons21.5 tons8.4 tons9.3 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)98 lb/yard102 lb/yard102 lb/yard55 lb/yard57 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter57"57"57"57"57"
Boiler Pressure185 psi200 psi185 psi165 psi180 psi
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)26" x 30"26" x 30"26" x 30"20" x 28"20" x 28"
Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)30" x 28" (1)
Tractive Effort55948 lbs60484 lbs55948 lbs27558 lbs20813 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.22 4.04 4.37 4.80 6.52
Heating Ability
Firebox Area284.70 sq. ft334.70 sq. ft343.70 sq. ft161 sq. ft159 sq. ft
Grate Area66.75 sq. ft66.60 sq. ft66.60 sq. ft30.30 sq. ft30.20 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface3517 sq. ft3620 sq. ft3621 sq. ft1832 sq. ft2008 sq. ft
Superheating Surface774 sq. ft776 sq. ft774 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface4291 sq. ft4396 sq. ft4395 sq. ft1832 sq. ft2008 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume190.78196.37196.42179.94394.46
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation12349133201232150005436
Same as above plus superheater percentage14572157181453950005436
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area6215078989750302656528620
Power L111351126541173140604185
Power MT424.15456.55423.25270.82272.16

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassH-5H-6aH-6a - superheatedH-6b / G-2H-6c
Locobase ID7891 7892 8324 7893 7894
RailroadWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake Erie
CountryUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA
Whyte2-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-02-8-0
Number in Class15662020
Road Numbers250-264 / 700-714 / 3551-35654151-41564151-41562101-2149 / 4301-43202101-2149 / 4301-4320
GaugeStdStdStdStdStd
Number Built15
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoAlco-BrooksW & LEAlco-BrooksAlco-Brooks
Year19031905190519051905
Valve GearStephensonStephensonWalschaertBakerBaker
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase15.25'15.75'15.75'15.75'15.75'
Engine Wheelbase24'24.50'24.50'24.50'24.50'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.64 0.64 0.64 0.64 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)52.67'57.87'57.87'57.87'57.87'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)47120 lbs47200 lbs
Weight on Drivers161000 lbs188112 lbs188112 lbs193700 lbs188112 lbs
Engine Weight185500 lbs207800 lbs209612 lbs216800 lbs209612 lbs
Tender Light Weight111800 lbs153000 lbs153000 lbs153000 lbs153000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight297300 lbs360800 lbs362612 lbs369800 lbs362612 lbs
Tender Water Capacity6000 gals8000 gals8000 gals8000 gals8000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)10 tons14 tons14 tons14 tons14 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)67 lb/yard78 lb/yard78 lb/yard81 lb/yard78 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter57"57"57"57"57"
Boiler Pressure180 psi200 psi200 psi190 psi200 psi
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)15.5" x 30"21.5" x 30"21.5" x 30"22.5" x 30"21.5" x 30"
Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)26" x 30" (2)
Tractive Effort28547 lbs41359 lbs41359 lbs43031 lbs41359 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.64 4.55 4.55 4.50 4.55
Heating Ability
Firebox Area170 sq. ft188 sq. ft107.50 sq. ft209.80 sq. ft209.80 sq. ft
Grate Area47 sq. ft50.30 sq. ft50.50 sq. ft50.50 sq. ft50.50 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface2933 sq. ft2986 sq. ft2466 sq. ft2468 sq. ft2468 sq. ft
Superheating Surface527 sq. ft527 sq. ft527 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface2933 sq. ft2986 sq. ft2993 sq. ft2995 sq. ft2995 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume447.66236.87195.62178.77195.78
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation84601006010100959510100
Same as above plus superheater percentage846010060119181132211918
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area3060037600253704703749513
Power L135095917116761079912450
Power MT192.20277.38547.36491.64583.64

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassH-7H-7 / I3
Locobase ID7898 5698
RailroadWheeling & Lake ErieWheeling & Lake Erie
CountryUSAUSA
Whyte2-8-02-8-0
Number in Class1030
Road Numbers2101-2149 / 3571-35802301-2330
GaugeStdStd
Number Built1030
BuilderAlco-BrooksBurnham, Williams & Co
Year19011906
Valve GearStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase17.33'15.75'
Engine Wheelbase25.50'24.50'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.68 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)54.69'57.87'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)52000 lbs
Weight on Drivers158000 lbs190000 lbs
Engine Weight180000 lbs215000 lbs
Tender Light Weight124500 lbs154000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight304500 lbs369000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity6000 gals8000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)13 tons tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)66 lb/yard79 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter63"58"
Boiler Pressure200 psi200 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)21" x 30"22" x 30"
Tractive Effort35700 lbs42559 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.43 4.46
Heating Ability
Firebox Area187 sq. ft214 sq. ft
Grate Area43 sq. ft50.50 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface2962 sq. ft3393 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface2962 sq. ft3393 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume246.29257.06
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation860010100
Same as above plus superheater percentage860010100
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area3740042800
Power L168056537
Power MT379.81303.40

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