Colorado Southern & Cripple Creek District 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 7699)

Data from CC&CS 1912 Locomotive DiagramRail Data Exchange supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange. See alls "Locomotives for the Cripple Creek District", Railway Age, Volume XXXI [31] (1 March 1901), p. 167. Works numbers were 5619-5624 in 1900, 6152 in 1901, and 25622 in 1902.

The standard-gauge Colorado Southern & Cripple Creek Division electric railway covered ran from Cripple Creek and Victor initially and later extended the line to Colorado Springs. It was never a vigorous railroad but in its early years, these Consolidations represented a healthy slug of freight power for this short line.

The Cripple Creek & Colorado Springs (an amalgam of several railroads) was organized in the mid-teens as an umbrella entity that held the lease on the Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek that owned the defunct Florence & Cripple Creek's narrow gauge track. They also leased the Midland Terminal from 1917 to 1919.

As such, the company limped along. The 1-8 were retired in 1922 and most were sold off. George E Breece Lumber Company bought three of the class in 1923 (ex-2) and 1926 (ex-5 and ex 8). Edward Hines Yellow Pine Company bought the 5 in 1923 and Moffat Coal secured the 5 in 1925.

The CC&CS was dissolved in 1931. The three remaining engines (1, 4, 7) were sold for scrap in 1941.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID7699
RailroadColorado Southern & Cripple Creek District
Number in Class8
Road Numbers1-8
Number Built8
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)14.33 / 4.37
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.25 / 6.78
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)50.71 / 15.46
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)38,820 / 17,608
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)153,280 / 69,527
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)170,700 / 77,428
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)106,900 / 48,489
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)277,600 / 125,917
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)5000 / 18.94
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)12 / 10.90
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)64 / 32
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)51 / 1295
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)190 / 13.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)22" x 26" / 559x660
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)39,849 / 18075.22
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.85
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)196.10 / 18.22
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)34.19 / 3.18
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2739 / 254.55
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2739 / 254.55
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume239.44
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation6496
Same as above plus superheater percentage6496
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area37,259
Power L15251
Power MT302.10

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