Delaware Bay & Cape May 0-4-4 "Forney" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Bay & City (Locobase 11754)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 9, p. 124. See also Susan Tischler, The Excursionists: A Ticket to Success, found on, 7 November 2010. Works number was 4699 in June 1879.

Originally ordered to the New York & Sea Beach, this tank locomotive went to South Jersey to run along the beach from Sea Grove to Cape May City. Its smoky, sooty effluents were unpopular from the start (Tischler quotes Joe Jordan's Cape May Point - The Illustrated History: 1875 to the Present about the reception:"they were jerky, noisy, and dirty û all those coal cinders getting in your eyes and throat ....") and the system was electrified in 1892.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassBay & City
Locobase ID11,754
RailroadDelaware Bay & Cape May
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft) 6.17
Engine Wheelbase (ft)17.83
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)17.83
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)32,000
Engine Weight (lbs)48,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)48,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)700
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)27
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)43
Boiler Pressure (psi)130
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)12" x 18"
Tractive Effort (lbs)6661
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.80
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)55.25
Grate Area (sq ft)13.50
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)509
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)509
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume216.03
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1755
Same as above plus superheater percentage1755
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area7183
Power L13105
Power MT427.83

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