Fulton County Narrow-Gauge Railway 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class J C Wilcoxen (Locobase 11801)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 11, p. 79. Works number 6742 in May 1883.

The FCNG Rwy connected Havanna, Ill with Fairview -- 31 miles distant -- in 1880; the next 30-mile section between Fairview and Galesburg in 1882. The constructors built lightly: the rail weighed 35 lb/yard and the bed was not ballasted. The steepest grade rose 84 ft in a mile (about 1 1/2%) and of the 61 miles, 16 were curved.

The locomotive shown in this entry was identical to those supplied to Merida in Mexico (see Locobase 11790) at nearly the same time. Much later, the 4 travelled to the Little Rock, Saline River & Western, which Locobase cannot identify further.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassJ C Wilcoxen
Locobase ID11,801
RailroadFulton County Narrow-Gauge Railway
Number in Class1
Road Numbers4
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 7.17 / 2.19
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)18.25 / 5.56
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.39
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)24,000 / 10,886
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)37,000 / 16,783
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)1200 / 4.55
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)20 / 10
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)41 / 1041
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)140 / 9.70
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)12" x 16" / 305x406
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)6687 / 3033.18
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.59
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)52 / 4.83
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 8.20 / 0.76
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)439 / 40.80
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)439 / 40.80
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume209.61
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1148
Same as above plus superheater percentage1148
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area7280
Power L13193
Power MT586.61

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