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Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class E-5B/E-5C/E-5D (Locobase 9033)

Data from B&LE 1 - 1944 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange.

The B & LE didn't have much use strictly passenger engines, so their stud of such locomotives was relatively small. That holding included this sextet of Pittsburgh engines that were delivered with saturated boilers and slide valves in 1905, 108, and 1909. Later updates included replacing the slide valves with 8" (203 mm) piston valves in universal chests as well as a modest superheater installation. The two E-5Ds were slightly lighter than the earlier engines, but otherwise identical.

16 & 19 were later sold to the Union Railroad and the whole class was gone from the B & LE by 1944.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID9033
RailroadBessemer & Lake Erie
Number in Class6
Road Numbers16-19, 10-11
Number Built6
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 8.50 / 2.59
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)23.33 / 7.11
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.36
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)53.08 / 16.18
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)53,900 / 24,449
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)104,700 / 47,491
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)150,300 / 68,175
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)127,500 / 57,833
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)277,800 / 126,008
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)6500 / 24.62
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)13 / 11.80
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)87 / 43.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)68 / 1727
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)190 / 13.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)20" x 26" / 508x660
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)24,700 / 11203.74
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.24
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)176 / 16.36
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)30 / 2.79
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1543 / 143.40
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)292 / 27.14
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1835 / 170.54
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume163.21
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation5700
Same as above plus superheater percentage6612
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area38,790
Power L111,505
Power MT484.51