NKP Survivors

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Re: NKP Survivors

Postby Schuylkill Valley » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:23 pm

Here's the history on NKP No. 44.
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New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad 44 (2nd) ("Nickel Plate Road") 304 (renumbered in 1910)
Whyte System Type: 4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
Class: P
Builder: American Locomotive Company, Brooks Works
Date Built: December 1905
Builder's Number: 38831
Cylinders (diameter x stroke in inches): 21 x 24 (also reported as 19 x 24)
Boiler Pressure (in lbs. per square inch): 180
Diameter of Drive Wheels (in inches): 62 (other sources say 63)
Tractive Effort (in lbs.): 21,040
Tender Capacity:
Coal (in tons):
Water (in gallons):
Weight on Drivers (in lbs.): 105,600; Total Weight: 136,500

On December 1905, took delivery from the Brooks Locomotive Works in Dunkirk, New York, of 10 new 4-6-0 "ten-wheeler" type locomotives numbered 40 through 49 and given the railroad class of P. In October 1906, Brooks delivered another five, numbered 50 through 54. At that time the railroad had not yet become as widely known by its nickname, "Nickel Plate Road," as would later become the case, so these locomotives, No. 44 among them, received the initials of the railroad on the flange of their tenders: N.Y.,C. & ST.L. Centered in the panel below the windows on each side of the cab was the number of the engine, which did not appear on the sand dome. Intended for fast freight duty, these engines had 62-inch drive wheels, Richardson balanced steam chest valves, and Stephenson link motion. Their tenders carried 14 tons of coal and 5,500 gallons of water. The locomotives had wooden pilots, a semi-rectangular number plate with rounded ends centered on the smokebox front, and a box headlight. The new ten-wheelers must have performed well, for in 1908 and 1909, the railroad purchased from the Brooks Works 20 similar but slightly heavier versions of the same locomotives, classed P-l. In 1910, in a general reorganization of motive power typical of major railroads, the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad renumbered the Class P 4-6-0s from 40 through 54 to 300 through 315; No. 44 became No. 304.

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Re: NKP Survivors

Postby Aa3rt » Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:39 pm

Schuylkill Valley wrote:Here's the history on NKP No. 44.
Len
Steamtown Volunteer

New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad 44 (2nd) ("Nickel Plate Road") 304 (renumbered in 1910)
Whyte System Type: 4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
Class: P
Builder: American Locomotive Company, Brooks Works
Date Built: December 1905
Builder's Number: 38831
Cylinders (diameter x stroke in inches): 21 x 24 (also reported as 19 x 24)
Boiler Pressure (in lbs. per square inch): 180
Diameter of Drive Wheels (in inches): 62 (other sources say 63)
Tractive Effort (in lbs.): 21,040
Tender Capacity:
Coal (in tons):
Water (in gallons):
Weight on Drivers (in lbs.): 105,600; Total Weight: 136,500

No. 44 became No. 304.


According to a history on this locomotive at Northeast Railfan, it was sold to the Akron, Canton & Youngstown in 1920 where it was renumbered 304, and sold again to the Danville & Mount Morris in 1929.

The photo you've supplied appears to be from its days on the D&MM, note the lettering on the tender.

Here's a more recent view of the loco, a little worse for wear at Steamtown:

http://www.steamlocomotive.com/misc/images/showImage.php?image=nycstl44-hatcher.jpg
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Re: NKP Survivors

Postby Schuylkill Valley » Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:33 pm

That's correct,
She and DL&W 565 are sister locomotives with the Danville & Mount Morris . They are both at Steamtown NHS today, but #44 is out side rusting away. I'm hopping when our project is done with the Cosmo restore with 565 and can do No. 44 next. but the only thing it needs first is the "Snow" removed.

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