Fort Worth & Denver City 4-6-2 "Pacific" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class F-3-A - rebuilt Schmidt sh (Locobase 9853)

Data from FW&DC 8 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in August 2013 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection.

Locobase 16212 shows the FW&DC 501-505 as they were when delivered with Emerson superheaters in 1910-1911. About a dozen years later, the railroad reorganized the boiler, removing the Emerson 24-tube configuration and deleting 13 tubes to make room for the 32 flues the newer superheater required. It was probably then that the railroad raised the working boiler pressure setting by 40 psi (2.76 bar) .

505 wrecked in December 1928 and scrapped a year later. 502-504 were scrapped in September 1952. 501 was donated to the City of Childress in May 1959.

Class F-3-A-1/F-3-A-2 (Locobase 9854)

Data from C & S 7 -1941 Locomotive Diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. See also DeGolyer, Volume 67, pp. 37+. (Thanks to Chris Hohl for his 28 March 2016 email noting the original boiler pressure and tender oil capacity.) Alco supplied the first five (works numbers 61070-61072, 61416-61417 in January 1920); Baldwin added two more (55632-55633) that were completed in September 1922 and were identical save for increased weights.

These Pacifics were related to the S-3s (Locobase 1186) originally supplied to the Burlington Road in 1918, but were equipped with two more flues which yielded a bit more superheater area. (The Colorado & Southern bought three more that had 34 flues and smaller 69" drivers; see Locobase 6758.) The fireboxes were identical and derived 59 sq ft (5.5 sq m) of their direct heating surface from a combustion chamber. Like the C & S engines, these had 14" (356 mm) piston valves.

When delivered, the F-3-A tenders carried 3,200 US gallons (12,112 litres) of fuel oil. Their boilers were set at 180 psi (12.4 bar), but soon reset to 200 psi.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassF-3-A - rebuilt Schmidt shF-3-A-1/F-3-A-2
Locobase ID9853 9854
RailroadFort Worth & Denver CityFort Worth & Denver City
Number in Class57
Road Numbers501-505551-557
Number Built7
Valve GearWalschaertWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase12.83'13'
Engine Wheelbase32.75'33.71'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.39 0.39
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)64.29'68.29'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)52600 lbs
Weight on Drivers153000 lbs176375 lbs
Engine Weight236000 lbs290275 lbs
Tender Light Weight160300 lbs172030 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight396300 lbs462305 lbs
Tender Water Capacity8200 gals8200 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)13 tons4000 gals
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)85 lb/yard98 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter69"74"
Boiler Pressure200 psi200 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)25" x 28"27" x 28"
Tractive Effort43116 lbs46892 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.55 3.76
Heating Ability
Firebox Area227 sq. ft292 sq. ft
Grate Area55 sq. ft58.70 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface3098 sq. ft3416 sq. ft
Superheating Surface775 sq. ft797 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface3873 sq. ft4213 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume194.75184.10
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1100011740
Same as above plus superheater percentage1320013971
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area5448069496
Power L11620516018
Power MT700.51600.66

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