Chicago & Western Indiana/Belt Railway 2-10-2 "Santa Fe" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class C-1 (Locobase 14242)

Data from BLT RY CHG 6-1935 locomotive diagrams supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. See also DeGolyer, Vol 55, pp. 430+. (Thanks to Chris Hohl for his extensive research into these engines, which helped Locobase develop this entry.) Works numbers were 47688, 47740-47742 in January 1918; 47866 in February.

Although in some ways these Santa Fes anticipated the USRA Heavy 2-10-2-B (Locobase 90) design in many respects (cylinder volume, valve gear, big 16" (406 mm) piston valves, e.g.) that would emerge a few months later, they had shorter combustion chambers and fewer but longer tubes. Instead, the engines reflected prewar practice in their dimensions, although the Belt chose smaller drivers for still more tractive effort created by the large-bore cylinders. The firebox heating surface area included 39 sq ft (3.62 sq m) in five arch tubes, 64 sq ft (5.95 sq m) in the combustion chamber.

Baldwin's specs note that the line had 80 lb/yard (40 kg/metre) rails and 10 degree curves. Special emphasis was given to holding the engine weight to 406,000 lb (184,159 kg) or less. Baldwin estimated adhesion weight at 336,000 lb (152,407 kg) and total engine weight at 405,000 lb (183,705). The Belt's book shows a weight on the drivers that was lower by 6 short tons and an engine weight that came in about 4 short tons less.

Like the C-2s shown in Locobase 14241, these engines were leased immediately to the Belt Railway of Chicago, which they served until they were scrapped in November 1950.


Class C-2 (Locobase 14241)

Data from Belt Railway of Chicago 6-1935 Locomotive Diagram book supplied in May 2005 by Allen Stanley from his extensive Raildata collection. (Thanks to Chris Hohl for his extensive research into these engines, which helped Locobase develop this entry.) Works numbers were 60060-60064 in December 1918.

Locobase 89 shows the United States Railroad Administration design of which this batch is an example. C&WI was the parent of the Belt Railway of Chicago and leased the engines to the Belt.

Like many USRA engines, this quintet served the Belt for over thirty years. 22-24 were scrapped in April 1950; 20-21 followed in November of the same year.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassC-1C-2
Locobase ID14,242 14,241
RailroadChicago & Western Indiana/Belt RailwayChicago & Western Indiana/Belt Railway
CountryUSAUSA
Whyte2-10-22-10-2
Number in Class55
Road Numbers1-520-24
GaugeStdStd
Number Built55
BuilderBaldwinAlco-Brooks
Year19181918
Valve GearBakerSouthern
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)2121
Engine Wheelbase (ft)40.2540.30
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.52 0.52
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)76.6275.50
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)323,900276,000
Engine Weight (lbs)397,200352,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)187,300184,300
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)584,500536,300
Tender Water Capacity (gals)10,00010,000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)1614
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)10892
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)5857
Boiler Pressure (psi)200200
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)30" x 32"27" x 32"
Tractive Effort (lbs)84,41469,575
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.84 3.97
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)366363
Grate Area (sq ft)8876.30
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)52294656
Superheating Surface (sq ft)14181085
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)66475741
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume199.73219.56
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation17,60015,260
Same as above plus superheater percentage21,29618,159
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area88,57286,394
Power L114,63714,547
Power MT498.13580.99


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