Brooks builder info from B.Rumary, 25 Kingscombe, Gurney Slade, Radstock, BA3 4TH, ENGLAND and Jeremy Lambert as supplied by Allen Stanley in March 2004. Works #3298 in August 1899.
Specifications had included the power to pull a 2,045-ton train up a .75% grade, combined with 3% curves, at 15 mph. Further construction details: "The boiler is of the Player-Belpaire type, and the thickness of the plate 15/16" and 1", is, we believe, the greatest ever used upon (sic) locomotive boilers. The diameter at front end is 82", connection 88", and throat 91 1/4."
"Nearly all parts of this locomotive usually made of cast iron are, with the exception of the cylinders, made of cast of pressed steel or malleable iron."
The cylinders were fed through piston valves, a relatively rare combination at the time; diameter of each valve was 12" (305 mm) and its stroke was a relatively long seven inches (178 mm). The AERJ report explained that piston valves were "specially desirable" to cope with the large cylinders and high (210 psi) boiler pressure. The report estimated each valve's weight as around 200 lb (90.7 kg) and added "a slide valve would be much heavier for steam ports 28 inches long."
WO Moody's 1920 article comparing this 4-8-0 with the 2901 class of 2-10-2s noted that the 640's arrival represented an 89% increase in tractive effort over the IC's Consolidations.
Whatever its merits, 640 remained an "only". After a couple of decades with the IC, it was sold to the Peoria & Pekin Union as their #42 in June 1917. By then the tender carried 15 tons of coal and weighed 147,600 lb (66,950 kg). The engine's adhesive weight now came to 181,400 lb (82,282 kg) and its overall weight rose to 221,450 lb (100,448 kg). Boiler pressure was slightly reduced to 200 psi (13.8 bar).
scrapped in the middle 1920s.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Illinois Central (IC)|
|Number in Class||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.59|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||55.17'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||193200 lbs|
|Engine Weight||232000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||132700 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||364700 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||7000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||12 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||81 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||210 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||23" x 30"|
|Tractive Effort||49698 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.89|
|Firebox Area||263 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||37.50 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||3500 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||3500 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||242.61|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||7875|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||7875|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||55230|