In 1925, the IC took delivery of twenty-five (road numbers 2415 through 2439) more,this time, from the Lima Locomotive Works and in 1926 another twenty (road numbers 2440 through 2459) came from ALCO. These forty-five locomotives were very similar to the fifteen received in 1923, except for an increase of 5,000 lbs in locomotive weight.
The Paducah, KY Shops of the Illinois Central built a total of 76 "Mountain" type locomotives between 1937 and 1943. The 2500 series were built at the IC Paducah shops from older IC 2-10-2 boilers originally built by Lima.
Number 2613 was used on the L&N Centennial between Louisville and Nashville on Oct 24, 1959. It also ran two excursions out of Louisville to Paducah on May 14, 1960 and to Dawson Springs on Oct 2, 1960. It was kept in the Paducah roundhouse and was in freight service in the Paducah area a few times. It was almost preserved when it was offered (for sale) to the Kentucky Railway Museum. However, the IRM declined the offer and the engine was scrapped. There are two surviving IC "Mountains", number 2500, at a park in Centralia, IL and number 2542 at the IC depot in McComb, MS.
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This was the IC's first batch of Mountains and the firebox heating surface included 48.3 sq ft (4.5. sq m) of arch tubes. The subsequent batches -- see Locobase 6702 -- introduced thermic syphons into the firebox.
The first 15 locomotives in the IC's 4-8-2 fleet are described in Locobase 1356. The current record shows the later batches of Mountain. The biggest difference came in the firebox heating surface where the arch tubes were replaced by 115.5 sq ft of thermic syphons.
The specs refer to the version that had two arch tubes and four thermic syphons. Together the two types of appurtenances contributed 132 sq ft (12.25 sq m) to the firebox heating surface.
The IC took a different path in its development of motive power by rebuilding many of its locomotives. This class is a good case in point. The boilers came from the Lima-built 2900 class of 2-10-2s. Beginning in the mid-1930s, IC Paducah shops took the 2900 boilers, reinforced them, and laid them on a new frame. This engine bed comprised a single casting that included the cylinders and the air-pump reservoir.
One by one, beginning in March 1937, 55 of this class were delivered over the next five years. After the rebuilds came the 20 locomotives of the 2600 class (see Locobase 3156), which continued the same design, but were newly built.
These behemoths were among the largest Mountains ever built. They kept the square diameter x stroke dimensions of the earlier 2400s, but increased the size. The firebox heating surface included 83 sq ft (7.7 sq m) of arch tubes (which Locobase considers counter-trending.). The specs show the variant that had Type HA superheaters; other engines had the Type A that contained 1,242 sq ft (115.4 sq m) of heating surface.
Like the fifty-five 2500s of the late 1930s, these engines had cast-steel engine beds that included the cylinders and air reservoirs. Unlike the 2500-class engines, which used reinforced boilers from the 2900-class Santa Fes, 2600-2619 were new from the rail up.
Offering a prodigious power output on 70" drivers, the Mountains gave good service in freight service of all kinds, according to John S. Ingles (in Drury, 1993), "...even coal trains moved faster behind 4-8-2s than they had behind 2-10-2s."
|Specifications by Steve Llanso|
|Railroad||Illinois Central (IC)||Illinois Central (IC)||Illinois Central (IC)||Illinois Central (IC)|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.46||0.46||0.43||0.43|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||77.79'||77.79'||83.33'||92.34'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)||60800 lbs||62300 lbs|
|Weight on Drivers||243500 lbs||247000 lbs||280500 lbs||293880 lbs|
|Engine Weight||362500 lbs||367500 lbs||409500 lbs||423893 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||191500 lbs||205300 lbs||219500 lbs||370500 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||554000 lbs||572800 lbs||629000 lbs||794393 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||10000 gals||10000 gals||11000 gals||22000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||18 tons||18 tons||24 tons||26 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) on which locomotive could run||101 lb/yard||103 lb/yard||117 lb/yard||122 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||225 psi||225 psi||240 psi||275 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||28" x 28"||28" x 28"||30" x 30"||28" x 30"|
|Tractive Effort||57120 lbs||57511 lbs||78686 lbs||78540 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.26||4.29||3.56||3.74|
|Firebox Area||384.70 sq. ft||451 sq. ft||518 sq. ft||467 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||75.40 sq. ft||75.40 sq. ft||88.30 sq. ft||88.30 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||4643 sq. ft||4710 sq. ft||5246 sq. ft||5195 sq. ft|
|Superheating Surface||1227 sq. ft||1227 sq. ft||1285 sq. ft||1619 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||5870 sq. ft||5937 sq. ft||6531 sq. ft||6814 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||232.67||236.03||213.74||242.98|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||16965||16965||21192||24283|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||20528||20528||25430||30110|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||104735||122785||149184||159247|