Tallulah Falls 4-6-0 "Ten-wheeler" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 3 (Locobase 11503)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 26, p. 238. Works number was 23848 in February 1904.

The Tallulah Falls straddled the border between Georgia and North Carolina, connecting Cornelia, Georgia on the Southern Railway with Franklin 58 miles (93.4 km) due north in western North Carolina. Cary Franklin Poole, in his History of Railroading in Western North Carolina, observes: "Few railroads embodied the soul of mountain railroading as did the Tallulah Falls Railway. The railroad ...was seldom out of debt but was much beloved by the country folk it served." (p. 47).

Despite its occasional nickname of "Total Failure", the TF was in fact a long-lived railroad in terrain so rugged and remote that it maintained a passenger schedule until 1946. Its last freight run came in 1961.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class3
Locobase ID11503
RailroadTallulah Falls
CountryUSA
Whyte4-6-0
Number in Class1
Road Numbers3 / 73
GaugeStd
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Year1904
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase11'
Engine Wheelbase21.25'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.52
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)47'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers79500 lbs
Engine Weight103000 lbs
Tender Light Weight90000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight193000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity4500 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)44 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter56"
Boiler Pressure170 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)17" x 24"
Tractive Effort17897 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.44
Heating Ability
Firebox Area111.10 sq. ft
Grate Area19.70 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1371 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1371 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume217.45
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3349
Same as above plus superheater percentage3349
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area18887
Power L14848
Power MT403.32


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