Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class C-1 (Locobase 14954)

Data from DeGolyer, Vol 65, pp. 214+. Works numbers were 54209-54210 in December 1920.

Locobase 431 describes the Pershing class of superheated Consolidations produced in the thousands by Baldwin as a standard class during and immediately after World War One.

Very few of these engines were delivered directly to US private railways, but once the great bulk of them had been delivered, this terminal switching line in Virginia ordered two. They were duplicates down to the 10" (254 mm) piston valves, although they trailed slightly larger tenders.

Chartered in March 1896 as the Southeastern & Atlantic, the N&PBL was formed in 1898 by a consortium of eight line-haul railroads to transfer freight throughout the port district over 12.1 miles of main track and 18.8 miles of yard track and sidings.

Both locomotives served the belt line until the end of its steam era and were scrapped in 1956.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14,954
RailroadNorfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line
Number in Class2
Road Numbers16-17
Number Built2
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)15.50 / 4.72
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)23.67 / 7.21
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.65
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)56.58 / 17.25
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)151,000 / 68,493
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)169,000 / 76,657
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)120,000 / 54,431
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)289,000 / 131,088
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)6000 / 22.73
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)8 / 7.30
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)63 / 31.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)56 / 1422
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)190 / 13.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)21" x 28" / 533x711
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)35,611 / 16152.90
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.24
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)181 / 16.82
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)32.70 / 3.04
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1862 / 172.98
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)420 / 39.02
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2282 / 212
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume165.88
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation6213
Same as above plus superheater percentage7331
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area40,580
Power L110,343
Power MT604.04

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