These were the biggest Forneys built to work on an American elevated urban rail line. Its two-cylinder compound layout was touted not only for its economy but also for its softer exhaust. According to Charles McShane, the Lake Street L's profile featured a virtually flat road over which traveled a constant stream of trains at various times of the day.
The first 25 were named after important stockholders (or members of families) as follows: Elizabeth W, Harriet E, Maretta T, Louisa C, Lizzie A, John A, Gilbert B, John H, Charles H, Clarence A, Hiram P, Daniel W, Harry L, William Z, Paul B, Willard R, Frank L, William P, Carter H, Frank H, James G, Edwin W, Thomas P, Cassius McD, and Otis W.
At the time of writing, McShane claimed that the compounds had ruled the day: "The evidence is most tersely presented by saying that after the experience of several months with both types [simple and compound], no simple locomotive was used when there was a compound available for service."
Middleton pointed out, however, that "[h]owever well the Forneys performed, steam locomotive were far from an ideal choice for elevated railway motive power. They were inherently ill suited to the demanding requirements of the frequent stops and starts of elevated service, and their smoke, cinders, escaping steam and noise made them unpopular with residents and businesses along the elevated lines."
The 6-25 were rebuilt with 14" x 18" cylinders.
Underscoring Middleton's point was the rapid discarding of all of the Forneys. Connelly notes that the 1 went to the New Orleans & Western, 5 wound up on the Camden Hardwood Lumber Company, 9 to Delta Chemical in Wells, Mich as their #9, 10 to Ozone Lumber of Hampton, La as their 8., 12 to Farnsworth Lumber Company of Oconto, Wisc as their 3, and 14 to East Jordan Lumber Company of East Jordan, Mich.
Southern Iron & Equipment bought the 11 in 1904 and the ex-6 in 1915.
16-32 were all sold in 1898 to the Long Island as their 217-233 and 35 as LI 234. 33 was sold in the same year to Hand Lumber Company as their #1. 34 went to East Coast Lumber.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Lake Street Elevated|
|Number in Class||35|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.31|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||16.08'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||42930 lbs|
|Engine Weight||60840 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||60840 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||700 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||36 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)||13" x 18"|
|Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)||21" x 18" (1)|
|Tractive Effort||7647 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||5.61|
|Grate Area||17 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface|
|Combined Heating Surface||0|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||3060|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||3060|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||0|