Wendell Huffman noted that the 37 switched from coal-burning to oil burning and trailed a tender carrying 2,525 US gallons (9,557 litres) of oil. The ICC report on this railroad reported in 1917 the 37's tender's capacity as 2,360 gallons (8,933 litres).
Like many other engines on this iconic Nevada railroad, the 25 later went into pictures. After over 4 decades on the V & T, the locomotive went to RKO Pictures in April 1947. Desilu (Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's TV empire) bought RKO in January 1958, but didn't sell the engine until January 1964. Hurlbut Amusements owned the 25 until 1971, when the company sold it to the State of Nevada.
When the V & T returned to Baldwin 2 years after they'd purchased the 25 (Locobase 12751), they went for more power in every way. The cylinders, boiler, grate were all bigger, the engine weighed more and trailed a bigger tender. They even specified smaller drivers for still more tractive effort. The 26 was delivered as a coal burner and converted to oil-burning in 1910. The 27 was delivered as an oil-burner.
After 43 years in service, the 26 was destroyed by fire in May 1950, the same month in which the railroad itself was abandoned. Two years before, the 27 had been put on display at Carson City. In succession the locomotive would be owned by the Purdy Company, the Carson City Chamber of Commerce, the State of Nevada, and the Nevada State Heritage Association.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Virginia & Truckee||Virginia & Truckee|
|Number in Class||1||2|
|Builder||Burnham, Williams & Co||Burnham, Williams & Co|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.52||0.53|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||70000 lbs||96000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||90000 lbs||121000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||60000 lbs||80000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||150000 lbs||201000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||3000 gals||4000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||6.5 tons||2300 gals|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||39 lb/yard||53 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||160 psi||190 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||17" x 24"||18" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||15722 lbs||22425 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.45||4.28|
|Firebox Area||89.90 sq. ft||146 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||18.20 sq. ft||22.40 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1069 sq. ft||1628 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1069 sq. ft||1628 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||169.55||230.31|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2912||4256|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2912||4256|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||14384||27740|