Lorain & West Virginia 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 7899)

Data from W&LE 8 - 1923 & 10 1924 Locomotive Diagram books supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange. Further information from the Nickel Plate Historical and Technical Society website and its page on the W & LE (http://nkphts.org/history.html#wle, last accessed 7 October 2006). Works number was 47767 in April 1910.

This railroad extended from Wellington, Ohio to the Lake Erie port city of Lorain, Ohio as a competitor with the Lorain, Ashland & Southern. It only ever had the one locomotive shown in this entry, which was a relatively small wide-firebox Consolidation that was a refugee from a ten-locomotive order in 1910 by the Buffalo & Susquehanna that was cancelled when the B&S went into receivership. It left the stock track in February 1912 for the L&WV.

On the L&WV, the engine was used primarily in switching service. Its 12" (305 mm) piston valves, high-pitched boiler, and closely spaced domes over the middle two axles suggest the date estimated in the specifications.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID7899
RailroadLorain & West Virginia
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)14.25 / 4.34
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.08 / 6.73
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.65
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)54.29 / 16.55
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)171,200 / 77,655
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)191,000 / 86,636
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)126,000 / 57,153
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)317,000 / 143,789
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)6000 / 22.73
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)13 / 11.80
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)71 / 35.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)51 / 1295
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)185 / 12.80
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)21" x 28" / 533x711
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)38,073 / 17269.64
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.50
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)179 / 16.64
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)54.50 / 5.07
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2676 / 248.70
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2676 / 248.70
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume238.40
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation10,083
Same as above plus superheater percentage10,083
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area33,115
Power L15003
Power MT257.70

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