Calumet & Blue Island 0-4-2 Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 13 (Locobase 15784)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 16, p. 23. Works number were 11960 (road 13), 11964-11965 (16-17), 11967-11968 (15 and 14, respectively) in June 1890.

Industrial saddle tanks with heating surface areas of around 400 sq ft (37.15 sq m) served many different customers in the steam age and few were notable. But the number of buyers that would come to own works number 11965 and the frequency of the locomotive's change of scene are remarkable.

Connelly's Baldwin list says that Illinois Steel originally bought locomotive 17 for its Joliet & Blue Island. Locobase notes, however, that in the specification, the tank was to be lettered for the C&BI. The C&BI was transformed into the Chicago, Lake Shore & Eastern, which disposed of the 17 in 1906.

Here began a series of shuttles between locomotive rebuilder/reseller Southern Iron & Equipment. From 1906 to 1918, SI&E sold the same engine four times to Mitchell Gravel Co, Keystone Lumber, Manatee Lumber, and Terry Shipbuilding Co. Each owner sold the little saddle tank back to SI&E when it no longer had use for it and SI&E assigned the engine a different accounting number each time (492, 752, 1193, and 1223). When Terry was finished with this engine, the 12 was sold directly J Porter Lumber to finish out its days.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID15,784
RailroadCalumet & Blue Island
Number in Class5
Road Numbers13-17
Number Built5
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)5 / 1.52
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)11.75 / 3.58
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.43
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)11.75 / 3.58
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)600 / 2.27
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)37 / 940
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)130 / 9
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)11" x 18" / 279x457
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)6505 / 2950.62
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 8.35 / 0.78
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 Computation1086
Same as above plus superheater percentage1086
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area
Power L1
Power MT

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