Rochester & Lake Ontario 0-4-4 "Forney" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 31 (Locobase 11152)

Data from Schenectady Locomotive Works, Illustrated Catalogue of Simple and Compound Locomotives (Philadelphia: J B Lippincott, 1897), pp. 196-197. Works number was 1936 in September 1884.

Known as the Bay Railroad, this line connected the city with the beach at Lake Ontario. This was a typical short-haul Forney tank.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11152
RailroadRochester & Lake Ontario
Number in Class1
Road Numbers31
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase5'
Engine Wheelbase14.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.34
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)14.75'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers38000 lbs
Engine Weight52000 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight52000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity700 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)32 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter43"
Boiler Pressure140 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)14" x 18"
Tractive Effort9764 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.89
Heating Ability
Firebox Area60.70 sq. ft
Grate Area13.70 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface545 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface545 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume169.94
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1918
Same as above plus superheater percentage1918
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area8498
Power L12655
Power MT308.07

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