Dayton-Goose Creek 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 104 (Locobase 9692)

Data from "...Eight-Wheel Type Locomotive for the Dayton-Goose Creek Railroad", Railway and Locomotive Engineering, Vol XXXV, No. 2 (February 1922), pp. 42-43. See also DeGolyer, Vol 65, pp. 84+. For the railway, see Barbara H. Fisher, "DAYTON-GOOSE CREEK RAILWAY," Handbook of Texas Online ([]), accessed February 17, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.l.

This was a Texas oil-patch railway begun in 1917 that covered about 25 miles (40.2 km) of mostly flat land on 60 lb/yard (30 kg/metre) rail. It connected Dayton, which lay on the Texas & New Orleans Railroad (subsidiary of the Southern Pacific), to Humble Oil's Baytown refinery. The D-GC's earnings made it a profitable line. As 1926 figures suggest, passenger earnings ($5,000) were dwarfed, as might be expected, by the $157,000 of freight revenue.

Apparently needing a good local-service locomotive of moderate power, the D-GC Rwy and the builder settled on the 4-4-0 layout and produced one of the last such engines (works #55150) supplied by a US builder to a US railroad. The design duplicated an engine with the same road number that Baldwin had delivered to the Red River & Gulf in Louisiana in 1919 (see Locobase 14298). The two differed in the 104's having a Vanderbilt cylindrical tender and spoke-center engine truck wheels. The design's equalizing beams were to be "extra heavy."

The D&GC 104 was oil-fired, had 8" (203 mm) piston valves, and was superheated to a useful degree. Along the boiler were arrayed three domes, the one forward for sand, the one in the middle for steam, the one just behind that for more sand.

The D-GC was sold to the Southern Pacific in 1926, which leased the line to the T & NO for eight years, then merged all of the SP properties into the T & NO. The D-GC's 104 was renumbered 192 on the SP, then 223 on the T & NO.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID9692
RailroadDayton-Goose Creek
Number in Class1
Road Numbers104 / 192 / 223
Number Built1
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)8 / 2.44
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)21.75 / 6.63
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.37
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)46.48 / 14.17
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)54,500 / 24,721
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)89,000 / 40,370
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)93,000 / 42,184
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)182,000 / 82,554
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)4000 / 15.15
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)2000 / 7.60
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)45 / 22.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)60 / 1524
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)15" x 24" / 381x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)13,770 / 6245.97
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.96
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)87 / 8.09
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)15.50 / 1.44
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)698 / 64.87
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)157 / 14.59
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)855 / 79.46
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume142.20
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2790
Same as above plus superheater percentage3292
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area18,479
Power L19336
Power MT755.31

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