Garden City, Gulf & Northern 4-4-0 "American" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 3 (Locobase 14064)

Data from DeGolyer, Volume 45, p. 148. See also Frank W Blackmar, Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, etc., Volume I (Chicago: Standard Publishing Company, 1912), pp. 708-709, archived at Works number was 33639 in August 1909.

Basil M McCue, local land owner and land salesman, incorporated the GCG&N in January 1907. The Kansas Construction & Irrigation Company built the 37.335 miles of track between Scott City and Garden City from 1907 to 1910. Although the short line used relatively heavy rail weighing 70 lb/yard (35 kg/metre), its profile had a relatively steep maximum grade of 5%.

Blackmar's entry on Garden City describes a town of better than 3,000 souls located on the Arkansas River in Finney County (of which it was the county seat). It was the commercial center for "a large and prosperous irrigating district" that was in the midst of the beet sugar region and possessing a million-dollar beet sugar factory processing 200,000 lb of refined sugar daily. It boasted electricity, waterworks, sewer system, fire and police departments, "shady streets and lawns" in the residential areas. Daily stages connected the town with Santa Fe, Eminence and Essex with another stage running to Terryton 3 times a week.

In 1911, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe took over the entire line.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14,064
RailroadGarden City, Gulf & Northern
Number in Class1
Road Numbers3
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 8.25 / 2.51
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.25 / 6.78
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.37
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)58,500 / 26,535
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)93,000 / 42,184
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)90,000 / 40,823
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)183,000 / 83,007
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)4350 / 16.48
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)2370 / 9
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)49 / 24.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)62 / 1575
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)17" x 24" / 432x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)15,214 / 6900.96
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.85
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)119 / 11.06
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)16.50 / 1.53
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1186 / 110.18
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1186 / 110.18
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume188.10
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2640
Same as above plus superheater percentage2640
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area19,040
Power L14670
Power MT351.99

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