Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway aka NC&StL, NC&Stl.L, ncstl,  




J2 and J3 - General Information

Clarence Darden, the NC's Chief Mechanical Engineer designed both engines in Nashville and actually ended up with a patent or two for his design of a cast steel bed frame integral with cylinders, steam chests and various other engine parts cast into the one piece.

All 25 engines -- five J2's, Yellow Jackets #565-569, and twenty J3's, Stripes #570-590, --were built in Schenectady, NY by ALCO

While J2's and J3's were exclusively built and used by NC&St.L, their design features were later incorporated in steam engines built for every railroad in the U.S.

Wheel Arrangement:
70" dia.
70" dia.
Weight on Drivers
220,000 lbs
228,000 lbs
Locomotive Weight:
381,000 lbs
400,500 lbs
Locomotive & Tender Weight:
575,000 lbs
685,500 lbs
Grate Area:
77.3 sq ft
77.3 sq ft
Cylinders (dia. x stroke):
(2) 25" x 30"
(2) 25" x 30"
Boiler Pressure:
250 psi
250 psi
Tractive Effort:
57,000 lbs
57,000 lbs
Tender Capacity: Water:
10,000 gals.
15,000 gals
Tender Capacity: Coal:
16 tons
16 tons



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