Newburgh & South Shore 2-6-0 "Mogul" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 30 (Locobase 12798)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 27, p. 294 Works number was 26167 in August 1905.

The 7-mile N & SS served the Cleveland, Ohio terminal area as a belt line. US Steel wholly owned the line, which opened in 1904. This Consolidation showed up a year later and after 30 years of undoubtedly rugged duty, was scrapped in 1935.

Class 31 (Locobase 5398)

Data from table in May 1916 issue of Railway Mechanical Engineer (RME). See also data from DeGolyer, Volume 53, pp. 158+; and EJ&E 11 - 1938 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. Works numbers were 42201 in July 1915 and 43249-43250 in April 1916.

Also known as the South Shore Belt Line, the N&SS served industrial sites in the Cleveland area. Only seven main-line miles long, it was completed in 1904 as a wholly owned railroad of the US Steel Corporation. Its railbed bore heavy 90 lb/yard (45 kg/metre) rail and presented N&SS trains with 2 miles of 1% grades and 2 miles of 1.15% grade.

A photo of #31 published on the Cleveland Memory website (, visited 18 February 2003) shows a stubby, big-boilered Mogul that looks like a switcher with a leading truck. But it had a superheater and big-time 12" (305 mm) diameter piston valves and outside radial valve gear.

The N&SS sold 31 to locomotive rebuilder and reseller Birmingham Rail & Locomotive in 1936, which sold it to Youngstown Sheet & Tube. Apparently, YS & T soon sold it to the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern because it appears in the 1938 edition of that railroad's diagram book.

32 went to American Sheet & Tinplate in the same year. The N&SS was the first Ohio railroad to retire all of its steam locomotives, accomplishing that turnover in 1947. 33 was part of that changeover, being retired in 1946.

In 1951, the Bessemer & Lake Erie took over ownership. Declining business culminated in the closure of the Cuyahoga Steel Works in 1984 with abandonment of the line coming 2 years later. (Information from Encyclopedia of Cleveland History website, visited 18 February 2003)

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID12,798 5398
RailroadNewburgh & South ShoreNewburgh & South Shore
Number in Class13
Road Numbers3031-33
Number Built13
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBaldwin
Valve GearStephensonWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)11.1711.50
Engine Wheelbase (ft)19.3320
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.58 0.57
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)50.45
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)133,000163,800
Engine Weight (lbs)149,000185,500
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)70,00099,500
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)219,000285,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)35005000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)12
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)7491
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)5252
Boiler Pressure (psi)190180
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)20" x 26"23" x 26"
Tractive Effort (lbs)32,30040,469
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.12 4.05
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)178190
Grate Area (sq ft)24.7050
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)18312256
Superheating Surface (sq ft)494
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)18312750
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume193.68180.44
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation46939000
Same as above plus superheater percentage469310,620
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area33,82040,356
Power L147399548
Power MT235.66385.53

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