Brooklyn, Bath & West End 2-4-0 "Porter" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 3 (Locobase 11617)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1888, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 15, p. 72. Works numbers were 9953, 9966 in April 1889.

The order shown in the specs book depicts a small 6-wheeler optimized for fast starts and stops and trailing a 4-wheel tender. Sure enough, contemporary photographs show just such a locomotive pulling 3 cars on the surface portion of the BB & WE.

It was a short-lived career. The BB & WE was electrified in 1893 and the 3 was sold to the Nova Scotia Development Company. The 4 may or may not have been completed as a tank locomotive. In 1893, it was sold to Hunters Run & Slate Belt, a 13.5-mile short line in western Pennsylvania.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11,617
RailroadBrooklyn, Bath & West End
Number in Class2
Road Numbers3-4
Number Built2
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft) 7.50
Engine Wheelbase (ft)15.67
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.48
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)59,310
Engine Weight (lbs)70,350
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)
Tender Water Capacity (gals)1600
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)49
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)40
Boiler Pressure (psi)130
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)16" x 22"
Tractive Effort (lbs)15,558
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.81
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)102.64
Grate Area (sq ft)18.40
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)1078
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)1078
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume210.56
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2392
Same as above plus superheater percentage2392
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area13,343
Power L12694
Power MT200.28

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