Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville 2-10-2 "Santafe" Locomotives in the USA

The Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad often referred to as the "Monon" bought eight "Santa Fe" type locomotive all built by the American Locomotive Company. Five delivered in 1914 were classified as Class L-1 and they were assigned road numbers 600 through 604. The other three also designated as Class L:-1 came in 1916 and were given road numbers 605 through 607.

The Class L-1s had 57" diameter drivers, 28" x 30" cylinders, a 190 psi boiler pressure, they exerted 66,640 pounds of tractive effort and each weighed 341,000 pounds. The combined heating surface was 6.002 square feet.

The L-1s were used on drag-freight. As its freight traffic declined in the late 1930s the "Monon" had an excess of freight motive power. With the onset of WWII demand for war material gave the "Monon" and opportunity to balance it locomotive usage and allow it the opportunity to sell two of the L-1s to the Tennessee Railroad one in 1942 and the other in 1945.

The only megafreighters the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville ever bought, these Santa Fes were typical low-drivered drag-freight hogs. As the Monon's fortunes declined in the late 1930s, an excess of freight power led to the sale of 2 of the octet to the Tennessee Railroad (1942 and 1945). The other six were scrapped between 1941 and 1947 as Monon became an early adopter of diesel power.

There are no surviving CI&L 2-10-2 "Santa Fe" type locomotives.


Roster by Richard Duley

ClassQty.Road NumbersYear BuiltBuilderNotes
L-1 5600-6041914ALCOTwo were sold to the Tennessee Railroad, one in 1942 and the other in 1945. The others were scrapped between 1941 and 1947.
L-1 3605-6071916ALCOScrapped between 1941 and 1947.

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class L-1 (Locobase 5390)

Data from table in May 1916 RME

The only megafreighters the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville ever bought, these Santa Fes were typical low-drivered drag-freight hogs. As the Monon's fortunes declined in the late 1930s, an excess of freight power led to the sale of 2 of the octet to the Tennessee Railroad (1942 and 1945). The other six were scrapped between 1941 and 1947 as Monon became an early adopter of diesel power.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassL-1
Locobase ID5390
RailroadChicago, Indianapolis & Louisville (Monon)
CountryUSA
Whyte2-10-2
Number in Class8
Road Numbers600-607
GaugeStd
Number Built8
BuilderAlco
Year1914
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)20 / 6.10
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)38.42 / 11.71
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.52
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)73.67 / 22.45
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)275,500 / 124,965
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)341,000 / 154,675
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)177,000 / 80,286
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)518,000 / 234,961
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)9500 / 35.98
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)13 / 11.80
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)92 / 46
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)57 / 1448
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)190 / 13.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)28" x 30" / 711x762
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)66,640 / 30227.43
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.13
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)282 / 26.21
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)70 / 6.51
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)4767 / 443.03
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)1235 / 114.78
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)6002 / 557.81
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume222.96
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation13,300
Same as above plus superheater percentage16,093
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area64,832
Power L114,599
Power MT584.12

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