Grove Farm, Ltd 0-6-0 "Switcher" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 15455)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 79, p. 348. See also [] . Works number was 59888 in February 1927.

Compact, oil-burning plantation side tank operating in Ka'uai that had all the usual features of a sugar engine and a plate mounted on short struts over the flared stack to fend off at least some of the rain that fell frequently on Hawaiian plantations.

Grove Farm had originally been established in 1864 by George Norton Wilcox, who bought the farm from its original owener. Wilcox managed the operation for decades and in 1922, incorporated the plantation as the Grove Farm Company. He died in 1933 at the age of 94.

Three of his daughters--Etta, Elsie, and Mabel--saw the plantation as a historic treasure, initially focusing their attentions on the Waioli Mission House in Hanalei. When Mabel was 92, she and her companion Sophie Judd Cluff successfully argued for the preservation of Grove Farm as it was in the 1870s. By then the plantation had preserved four locomotives. Three are described in Locobases 11738, 14213, and 15405. The fourth--Paulo--was a Hohenzollern product shipped in 1887 to support construction of the Waita Reservoir. All four locomotives were restored beginning in 1975.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID15,455
RailroadGrove Farm, Ltd
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 6.25 / 1.90
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m) 6.25 / 1.90
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase1
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m) 6.25 / 1.90
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)30,000 / 13,608
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)30,000 / 13,608
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)30,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)500 / 1.89
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)200 / 0.80
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)17 / 8.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)28 / 711
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)9" x 14" / 229x356
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)5508 / 2498.39
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.45
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)23 / 2.14
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 5.40 / 0.50
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)173 / 16.07
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)173 / 16.07
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume167.83
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation864
Same as above plus superheater percentage864
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area3680
Power L12086
Power MT459.88

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