Data is given for the firebox with two syphons contributing 38 sq ft (3.55 sq m) to the direct heating surface area; without the syphons, firebox heating surface was 118 sq ft.
Steve Low reports (citing Tourette's United States Army Transportation Corps Locomotives) that locomotives originally meant for the Newfoundland Railway were pressed into USATC service before delivery. NFLD 1009-1013 became USATC500-504, but were shipped to Newfoundland as planned after their completion in October 1941.
(For the rest of the class, see Locobase 960.)
By that time, says Bykovsky and Larson's account, the US Army had been creating bases on the island for about nine months and finding that a tough task. Among other problems, the NFLD was the "principal means of clearance from the ports to Army stations and to the main airport at Gander." But the railway was "of small capacity, its rolling stock was old and in poor condition, and heavy snowstorms from January to April often hampered the operation of trains."
As part of the Army's upgrade of Newfoundland facilities, the Army contributed "significant American financial assistance and a modest amount of equipment were furnished for the rehabilitation of the railway." Obviously, this quintet of modern Mikes met the needs handily, as they were specificially designed for the Newfoundland Railway.
Tim Moriarty's research at the US Army's Center of Military History found that $2.1 million was conveyed in November 1941 to the Newfoundland Railway through the Defense Supply Corporation. The five locomotives were funded under this agreement. Although they remained US Army property, a further agreement assigned the responsibility for maintaining them to the NFLD, "thus eliminating possible confusion which might have resulted from operations by two separate agencies."
Compared to the standard designs developed for overseas operations, however, they were smaller and ran on a unique gauge. At the end of the war, the USATC turned the engines over to the NFLD. They were all scrapped in the first half of 1957.
|Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||US Army Transportation Corps|
|Number in Class||5|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)||12.75 / 3.89|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)||29.25 / 8.92|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.44|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)||55.75 / 16.99|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)||117,400 / 53,252|
|Engine Weight (lbs / kg)||151,570 / 68,751|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)||104,000 / 47,174|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)||255,570 / 115,925|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)||5000 / 18.94|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)||9 / 8.20|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)||49 / 24.50|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in / mm)||48 / 1219|
|Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)||200 / 13.80|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)||18" x 24" / 457x610|
|Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)||27,540 / 12491.95|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.26|
|Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)||153 / 14.21|
|Grate Area (sq ft / m2)||35.20 / 3.27|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||1768 / 164.25|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)||426 / 39.58|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||2194 / 203.83|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||250.12|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||7040|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||8378|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||36,414|