Charleston & Western 0-4-0 "Switcher" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Best Friend of Charleston (Locobase 1016)

(Kinert, 1962) for tube number, Hollingsworth (1982) for axle loading. This engine gained fame for its spectacular boiler explosion, caused it was said by the fireboy's tying down the safety valve to cut the noise. A second engine, West Point, was very similar.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassBest Friend of Charleston
Locobase ID1016
RailroadCharleston & Western
Number in Class2
Road Numbers1
Number Built2
Valve Gear
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)4500 / 2041
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)10,000 / 4536
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)10,000 / 4536
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)10,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)165 / 0.63
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)8 / 4
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)57 / 1448
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)50 / 3.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)6" x 16" / 152x406
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)429 / 194.59
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)23.31
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 2.20 / 0.20
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation110
Same as above plus superheater percentage110
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT