The Greenbrier & Eastern bought one "Mikado" type locomotive in 1921. It was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and was delivered carrying road number 1. This locomotive had 51" diameter driver, 23" x 28" cylinders, a 185 psi boiler pressure, it exerted 45,670 pounds of tractive effort and it weighed 237,220 pounds. The firebox was 211 square feet, the evaporative surface was 3,452 square feet and with the superheater the combined heating surface was 4,347 pounds. The piston valve had a 12" diameter.
In 1926, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, realizing the enormous tonnage available, purchased the Greenbrier and Eastern Railroad together with others and followed these purchases by making improvements and extensions. Later, the C & O and the N. Y. C. formed a joint company called the
Nicholas Fayette & Greenbrier Railroad. The NF&G absorbed all the rail facilities in this area besides building thirty three miles of new line.
There are no surviving G&E 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives.
|Qty.||Road Numbers||Year Built||Builder||Notes|
When the G & E opened its doors in West Virginia as a coal-mining road after World War One, its first locomotive was a smallish Mikado. The cylinders were fed by 12" (305 mm) piston valves from a relatively large boiler and grate. The firebox heating surface area was increased by 25 sq ft (2.3 sq m) of arch tubes. The low drivers underscored the locomotive's future as a coal-train hauler in the mountains where maximum grades on the road pitched up 5.3% and arched around 25 degree curves. A sister joined the 1 two years later.
The Chesapeake & Ohio took over the G & E in 1928 and renumbered this engines 2930 (class M-4) and 2931 (M-4a). In October 1934, the C & O sold the 2930 to the Campbells Creek Railroad as their #10. The CCR operated the engine until 1953.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Greenbrier & Eastern|
|Number in Class||2|
|Road Numbers||1, 3|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)||14.50 / 4.42|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)||31.75 / 9.68|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.46|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)||62.87 / 19.16|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)||180,970 / 82,087|
|Engine Weight (lbs / kg)||237,220 / 107,601|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)||122,580 / 100,979|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)||359,800 / 208,580|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)||6000 / 22.73|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)||10 / 14.50|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)||75 / 37.50|
|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)||23" x 28" / 584x711|
|Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)||45,670 / 20715.59|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.96|
|Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)||211 / 19.61|
|Grate Area (sq ft / m2)||63 / 5.86|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||3452 / 320.82|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)||895 / 83.18|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||4347 / 404|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||256.38|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||11,655|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||14,103|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||47,232|