Elkin & Alleghany 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 100 (Locobase 13193)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volumes 39, p. 3. See also Abandoned Rails: Elkin to Veneer at [], last accessed 23 September 2011. Works number was 37162 in November 1911.

There may have been an attempt at working some good-luck mojo when the E & A gave its very first locomotive road number 100. The road had one of its termini in Elkin, NC and ran 18 miles north in the direction of Jefferson, where the Southern's Richmond & Danville offered a junction. The stops it did serve, according to Abandoned Rails, were ..."Adsit, Klondike, "State Road", Parks, Thurmond, Doughton and ...Veneer."

Although it was successful for about 10 years after its 1911 opening, the E & A quickly succumed to the draining effects of US Route 21, which opened in 1921.

Sold to Georgia Car & Locomotive in 1919, the 100 registered several stops at other railroads during its career. Locomotive rebuilder/reseller GC & L sold to Kaul Lumber of Kaulton, Ala in 1919 and that company renumbered it 15. Obviously well-suited to KLC's needs, the 15 only moved on in 1941, landing back at GC & L. GC & L sold it to another rebuilder/reseller, Birmingham Rail & Locomotive. BR & L sold the engine to the Atlantic & Western, which gave it number 10.

Eventually the engine wound up on display at Youth Camps for Christ at Lake Gaston.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13,193
RailroadElkin & Alleghany
Number in Class1
Road Numbers100
Number Built1
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)14 / 4.27
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.08 / 6.73
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.63
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)128,000 / 58,060
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)144,000 / 65,317
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)4500 / 17.05
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)8 / 7.30
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)53 / 26.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)50 / 1270
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)200 / 13.80
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)20" x 24" / 508x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)32,640 / 14805.27
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.92
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)155 / 14.41
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)30 / 2.79
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2033 / 188.94
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2033 / 188.94
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume232.96
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation6000
Same as above plus superheater percentage6000
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area31,000
Power L15363
Power MT369.48

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