Sioux City & St Paul / West Wisconsin 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives in the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 61/C-9 (Locobase 9305)

Data from CStPM&O 4 - 1900 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange. Works numbers were 751-752 in August 1880.

Two years after Taunton supplied the Omaha Road with some mixed-traffic 4-4-0s (Locobase 9303), the small Massachusetts builder added this pair of freighters with slightly larger fireboxes and a little more boiler area. At almost the same time as their arrival, the two locomotives were rebranded for the Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha. A year later, the Omaha Route placed them in their own C-9 class and added 200 to their numbers.

261 was sold to the Laona & Northern in 1901. In the same year, O'Neal Brothers of Stillwater, Minn bought the 262.


Class C H Bigelow/C-7 (Locobase 9303)

Data from CStPM&O 4 - 1900 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange. Works numbers were 690-691 in September 1978.

Small, lightweight Eight-wheelers from a small Massachusetts builder. The second engine was named for R Blakly. Both were renumbered by the Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha in 1880.

Both were sold in 1903. The 216 went to the Pan American Railway while Reddis Lumber & Vencer Company (Marshfield, Wisc).


Class C-3 (Locobase 9301)

Data from CStPM&O 4 - 1900 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange. See also DeGolyer, Volume 6, pages 149 and 228. Works numbers were 3142-3143, 3162, and 3166 in March 1873.

At the same time Baldwin delivered 63"" mixed-traffic Eight-wheelers (Locobase 9300) locomotives to the WW, the builder supplied this quartet of freight engines that duplicated the order except for the smaller drivers.


Class C-4 (Locobase 9302)

Data from CStPM&O 4 - 1900 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange. See also DeGolyer, Volume 6, pages 149 and 228. Works numbers were 3142-3143, 3162, and 3166 in March 1873.

At the same time Baldwin delivered 63" mixed-traffic Eight-wheelers (Locobase 9301) locomotives to the WW, the builder supplied this quartet of freight engines that duplicated the order except for the smaller drivers.


Class George A Hamilton/A-2 (Locobase 9293)

Data from CStPM&O 4 - 1900 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Rail Data Exchange. Works numbers were 568, 578 in 1872.

229 was a petite Eight-wheeler that came from a small, but well-regarded Massachusetts builder. Taunton delivered several other 4-4-0s in the same period, but most were converted in 1890 to B-3 0-4-0s driven by 15" x 24" cylinders. 228 (works 568) served in class A-2, but Al Weber's engine-by-engine listing shows this locomotive with 15" diameter cylinders.

After its appearance in the Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha diagram book in 1900, 229 was sold to E H Hobe Lumber Company.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class61/C-9C H Bigelow/C-7C-3C-4George A Hamilton/A-2
Locobase ID9305 9303 9301 9302 9293
RailroadSioux City & St Paul (CStPM&O)Sioux City & St Paul (CStPM&O)West Wisconsin (CStPMO)West Wisconsin (CStPMO)Sioux City & St Paul (CStPM&O)
CountryUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA
Whyte4-4-04-4-04-4-04-4-04-4-0
Number in Class23941
Road Numbers61-62/261-2623-4/16-17/216-217, 23019-23, 28-3124-278-9/ 28-29/228-229
GaugeStdStdStdStdStd
Number Built23941
BuilderTauntonTauntonM. Baird & CoBurnham, Parry, Williams & CoTaunton
Year18801878187218731872
Valve GearStephensonStephensonStephensonStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 7.50 / 2.29 7.50 / 2.298 / 2.448 / 2.447 / 2.13
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)21.50 / 6.5521.42 / 6.5324.25 / 7.3922 / 6.7120.75 / 6.32
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.35 0.35 0.33 0.36 0.34
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)42.58 / 12.9840.42 / 12.3246 / 14.0243 / 13.1140.08 / 12.22
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)43,300 / 19,64140,500 / 18,37141,000 / 18,59743,000 / 19,50442,800 / 19,414
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)66,000 / 29,93762,200 / 28,21368,000 / 30,84470,000 / 31,75267,400 / 30,572
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)53,800 / 24,40349,300 / 22,36249,700 / 22,54447,700 / 21,63648,200 / 21,863
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)119,800 / 54,340111,500 / 50,575117,700 / 53,388117,700 / 53,388115,600 / 52,435
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)2283 / 8.652200 / 8.332200 / 8.332400 / 9.092000 / 7.58
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)6 / 5.506 / 5.505 / 4.505 / 4.505 / 4.50
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)36 / 1834 / 1734 / 1736 / 1836 / 18
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)57 / 144863 / 160063 / 160059 / 149964 / 1448
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)140 / 9.70140 / 9.70138 / 9.50140 / 9.70140 / 9.70
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)16" x 24" / 406x61016" x 24" / 406x61016" x 24" / 406x61016" x 24" / 406x61014" x 22" / 356x559
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)12,827 / 5818.2411,605 / 5263.9511,440 / 5189.1012,392 / 5620.928018 / 3636.91
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.38 3.49 3.58 3.47 5.34
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)92 / 8.5588.20 / 8.20104.90 / 9.75104.90 / 9.7583 / 7.71
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)14.50 / 1.3514.30 / 1.3315.30 / 1.4215.30 / 1.4213.60 / 1.26
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)798 / 74.16780 / 72.49890 / 82.71890 / 82.71737 / 68.49
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)798 / 74.16780 / 72.49890 / 82.71890 / 82.71737 / 68.49
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume142.88139.66159.35159.35188.02
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation20302002211121421904
Same as above plus superheater percentage20302002211121421904
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area12,88012,34814,47614,68611,620
Power L129963214367034874389
Power MT305.08349.91394.68357.56452.15