Valdosta, Moultrie & Western 4-6-0 "Ten-wheeler" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 100 (Locobase 13562)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 45, p.171. Baldwin works numbers were 33718 in August 1909.

It's not clear to Locobase how this mid-1909 order wound up a dozen books away in volume 45 - housecleaning, perhaps? This was a small Ten-wheeler ordered by this 42-mile shortline that connected Valdosta with Moultrie in Georgia. It opened in 1910 and closed, to be torn up and recycled, in 1921.

100 was sold to the Georgia Northern when the VM & W was dismantled in 1921.

Class 101 (Locobase 13561)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 34, p.180. Baldwin works numbers were 33992 in November 1909 and 35469 in November 1911.

After purchasing the relatively small 100 (Locobase 13562), the VM & W went back to Baldwin very quickly for another, bigger Ten-wheeler. The 101 was a stock design that had entered service on several southeastern railroads. Two years later, the short line returned to the Philadelphia builder for another just like it.

When the ephemeral VM & W folded in 1921 after only 11 years of operation, the 101 went to the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13,562 13,561
RailroadValdosta, Moultrie & WesternValdosta, Moultrie & Western
Number in Class12
Road Numbers100101-102
Number Built12
Valve GearStephensonWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)13.2011.33
Engine Wheelbase (ft)22.9822.17
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.57 0.51
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)48.4050.67
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)73,00095,000
Engine Weight (lbs)98,000123,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)90,000100,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)188,000223,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)45005000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)4153
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)5656
Boiler Pressure (psi)160180
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)16" x 24"18" x 26"
Tractive Effort (lbs)14,92123,016
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.89 4.13
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)90152
Grate Area (sq ft)15.5022.40
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)12221717
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)12221717
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume218.80224.22
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation24804032
Same as above plus superheater percentage24804032
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area14,40027,360
Power L144715434
Power MT405.08378.31

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