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Illinois Central classes 213 and 223
United States | 1880 | 18 produced
No. 1421 (Class 223/1409) in July 1926 at Chicago
No. 1421 (Class 223/1409) in July 1926 at Chicago
Paul W. Prescott

Between 1880 and 1890, the Illinois Central purchased a total of 18 Forneys with a 2-4-4T wheel arrangement for suburban service in Chicago. These were made up of two classes that only differed in details and weight. These were six class 213 locomotives built by Rogers in 1880 and twelve class 223 locomotives built directly by the Illinois Central in the Paducah Shops beginning in 1885.

Since the class 223 was heavier than the class 213, the older locomotives were rebuilt in a similar manner. The suburban lines were electrified between 1926 and 1932, which led to the locomotives being transferred to switching service. However, it only took until 1935 for all to be retired. Preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum is 201, originally numbered 213 and participating in the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Variant213213 rebuilt223
Built188018831885, 1887-1890
Axle config2-4-4T (Boston/Forney) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase27 ft 8 in31 ft 8 in31 ft 10 1/2 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft
Service weight107,600 lbs117,000 lbs117,200 lbs
Adhesive weight49,000 lbs56,000 lbs56,100 lbs
Water capacity1,550 us gal1,500 us gal
Fuel capacity7,000 lbs (coal)4,000 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power250 hp (186 kW)275 hp (205 kW)
Optimal speed13 mph15 mph
Starting effort11,862 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter56.5 in
Boiler pressure140 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 16 x 22 in
Grate area12.7 sq ft13.3 sq ft14 sq ft
Firebox area98 sq ft90 sq ft
Tube heating area820 sq ft887 sq ft886 sq ft
Evaporative heating area918 sq ft977 sq ft976 sq ft
Total heating area918 sq ft977 sq ft976 sq ft
Calculated Values
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last changed: 01/2024

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