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Steam Locomotives of the Louisville & Nashville (LN)[Inhalt]
Western & Atlantic “The General”
United States | 1855 | only one produced
Depiction of the locomotive on a postcard
Depiction of the locomotive on a postcard
Boston Public Library / Tichnor Brothers collection #69892

“The General” was one of five identical mixed traffic locomotives that had been in service with the Western & Atlantic since 1855. It gained notoriety during the American Civil War in the “Great Locomotive Chase”. The locomotive was stolen by Northern troops and brought north with the intention of causing damage to the railway line. It was chased by “The Texas” and eventually stalled for lack of fuel. After the war, the locomotive remained in service with Louisville & Nashville until 1891. There were subsequent disputes about the locomotive's ownership and it is now being displayed in the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia.

General
Built1855
ManufacturerRogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor
Axle config4-4-0 (American) 
Gauge5 ft (Broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase20 ft 6 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft
Service weight50,000 lbs
Adhesive weight32,000 lbs
Axle load16,000 lbs
Water capacity2,000 us gal
Fuel capacity5,000 lbs (wood)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power125 hp (93 kW)
Optimal speed9 mph
Starting effort8,415 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter60 in
Boiler pressure120 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 15 x 22 in
Boiler
Grate area12.5 sq ft
Firebox area71 sq ft
Tube heating area748 sq ft
Evaporative heating area819 sq ft
Total heating area819 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
freight
passenger
last changed: 05/2023
Western & Atlantic “The Texas”
United States | 1856 | only one produced
"The Texas" in April 2017 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum
"The Texas" in April 2017 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum
KECN
General
Built1856
ManufacturerCooke
Axle config4-4-0 (American) 
Gauge5 ft (Broad gauge), 4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase20 ft 6 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft
Adhesive weight31,965 lbs
Axle load16,095 lbs
Fuel capacitywood
Power
Power sourcesteam
Starting effort8,858 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter57 in
Boiler pressure120 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 15 x 22 in
Boiler
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
passenger
freight
last changed: 08 2023
Louisville & Nashville class K-2
United States | 1910 | 35 produced
No. 151 in 1940 in Mobile, Alabama
No. 151 in 1940 in Mobile, Alabama
collection Taylor Rush

Based on the K-1, the L&N ordered the K-2 in 1910, which was now operated with superheated steam. For this purpose, the number of tubes was more than halved in order to be able to accommodate flues with superheater elements. Rogers initially manufactured 20 of these locomotives, and 15 more were rebuilt from K-1.

Like most Pacifics in the USA, they initially hauled the main express trains, but after the introduction of more powerful locomotives they were increasingly pushed into service in front of regular passenger and commuter trains. The number 152, which was built as K-1, still exists today. It has been owned by the Kentucky Railroad Museum since 1957 and is currently being refurbished.

General
Built1910
ManufacturerRogers
Axle config4-6-2 (Pacific) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase30 ft 2 in
Fixed wheelbase12 ft
Total wheelbase61 ft 7 in
Service weight201,500 lbs
Adhesive weight126,400 lbs
Total weight344,900 lbs
Axle load46,600 lbs
Water capacity7,000 us gal
Fuel capacity30,000 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power1,900 hp (1,417 kW)
Optimal speed42 mph
Starting effort28,991 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter69 in
Boiler pressure200 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 20 1/2 x 28 in
Boiler
Grate area45 sq ft
Firebox area234 sq ft
Tube heating area1,989 sq ft
Evaporative heating area2,223 sq ft
Superheater area440 sq ft
Total heating area2,663 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
passenger
express
last changed: 03/2024
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