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Steam Locomotives of the Burlington Route (CBQ)[Inhalt]
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Burlington Route) class G-5a
United States | 1920 | 15 produced

The Burlington Route purchased ten USRA 0-6-0s, numbered 500 through 509, during World War I and designated them class G-5. They were used in light switching service, where there was a further need for 15 after the end of the war. Those were called G-5a and got the numbers 510 to 524. Since the company was no longer bound by the standard specifications of the USRA, some adjustments were made to better adapt the locomotives to their own locomotives. They got other tenders and headlights.

Axle config0-6-0 (Six-coupled) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Starting effort39,102 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter51 in
Boiler pressure190 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 21 x 28 in
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 10/2022
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Burlington Route) class O-5
United States | 1930 | 34 produced
O-5a No. 5629 in April 1941 with a freight train near Chicago
O-5a No. 5629 in April 1941 with a freight train near Chicago
Burlington Route / collection Taylor Rush

In 1930, the Burlington Route got eight Northerns from Baldwin, which they designated class O-5. While the first six were designed to burn lignite, the last two had changes in the firebox to burn bituminous coal. One got a special ashpan to mount a trailing truck booster. They had Timken roller bearings only on the carrying axles. There where occurrences when a single O-5 hauled 82 mail cars.

Between 1936 and 1940, they built 26 more in their own shops in West Burlington. These had roller bearings on all axles of the locomotive and tender and other improvements. They were now called class O-5a, as were some of the 1930 locomotives which were rebuilt to the same standard. The last batch that got Boxpok drivers was called O-5b.

Later a total of six O-5a and O-5b were rebuilt to oil-burners. Here a renaming took place, so that all oil-burners became O-5b and even the coal-burning O-5b became O-5a. Today four O-5 are surviving, of which none is operational.

ManufacturerBaldwinWest Burlington
Axle config4-8-4 (Northern) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase45 ft 6 in
Fixed wheelbase19 ft 3 in
Total wheelbase90 ft 8 in
Service weight454,600 lbs474,620 lbs
Adhesive weight272,000 lbs279,030 lbs
Total weight791,600 lbs833,620 lbs
Axle load69,340 lbs71,100 lbs
Water capacity18,000 us gal
Fuel capacity48,000 lbs (coal)54,000 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power5,100 hp (3,803 kW)5,200 hp (3,878 kW)
Optimal speed48 mph49 mph
Starting effort67,541 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter74 in
Boiler pressure250 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 28 x 30 in
Grate area106.5 sq ft
Firebox area439 sq ft433 sq ft
Tube heating area4,878 sq ft4,804 sq ft
Evaporative heating area5,317 sq ft5,237 sq ft
Superheater area2,403 sq ft
Total heating area7,720 sq ft7,640 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 05/2024

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