Wabash, Chester & Western 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 440 (Locobase 14974)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 65, pp. 322+. Works numbers were 55639-55640 in September 1922.

Certainly bigger than the Mogul delivered to the WC&W a year earlier, this brace of Consolidations offered a healthy measure of power. So their return to Baldwin in 1924 suggests that the railroad found them too much engine for their requirements (the road would reorganize in a truncated form in 1927).

Baldwin found a willing buyer in 1926 in long-time customer Woodward Iron, which renumbered them 35-36. Curiously, these were the first Baldwin 2-8-0s that Alabama company rostered.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14,974
RailroadWabash, Chester & Western
Number in Class2
Road Numbers440-441/35-36
Number Built2
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)15.25 / 4.65
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)23.33 / 7.11
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.65
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)54.04 / 16.47
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)141,000 / 63,957
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)159,000 / 72,121
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)124,000 / 56,246
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)283,000 / 128,367
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)6000 / 22.73
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)10 / 9.10
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)59 / 29.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)54 / 1372
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)195 / 13.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)21" x 26" / 533x660
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)35,194 / 15963.75
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.01
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)120 / 11.15
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)35.10 / 3.26
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2203 / 204.66
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2203 / 204.66
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume211.36
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation6845
Same as above plus superheater percentage6845
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area23,400
Power L14720
Power MT295.20

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