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Steam Locomotives of the Wabash Railroad (WAB)[Inhalt]
Route network in the year 1899
Route network in the year 1899
Wabash Railroad

The 475 mile long Wabash River is located in Indiana and on the border with Illinois. It was early part of the name of several railway companies whose network was in this area. In Illinois, too, railroad construction had begun as early as the 1830s. Finally, in 1889, the Wabash Railroad was formed as a merger of some of these companies.

The main route stretched from Detroit, Michigan to Kansas City, Missouri. The states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois were passed through. The route was later extended to Buffalo, New York, passing through the Canadian province of Ontario. There were also other routes that also led to Wisconsin and Iowa.

In 1915 the Wabash Railroad went into foreclosure and was re-established as the Wabash Railway. This was soon able to make a lot of revenue especially with freight traffic between Kansas City and Detroit, with Ford being one of the most important customers. Successful passenger trains were also offered, such as the “Cannon Ball”.

In the 1920s, the Pennsylvania Railroad gained influence in the Wabash. This reached a track length of 2,525 miles in 1929. After another receivership in 1931, it took ten years for the company to be re-established as the Wabash Railroad.

After the Second World War, they began to convert passenger trains to diesel with the EMD E7. In the 1950s, work was then carried out at high speed dieselize freight trains as well. In 1964 it was finally taken over by Norfolk & Western.

Wabash classes F-4 and F-5
originally class I
United States | 1899 | 38 produced
No. 571 in August 1939 in Decatur, Illinois
No. 571 in August 1939 in Decatur, Illinois
Paul W. Prescott / collection Taylor Rush

The Wabash Railroad had a total of 38 Moguls built in 1899, which came from three manufacturers and were initially classed as class I. 18 locomotives were built by the Richmond Locomotive Works and Baldwin and had a large firebox for their time and a relatively small boiler. 15 other locomotives came from the Rhode Island Locomotive Works and had a larger boiler. All of these simple-expansion locomotives were later classified as F-4. Also built in Rhode Island and Richmond were five two-cylinder compound locomotives which later became the class F-5.

VariantF-4 Richmond, BaldwinF-4 Rhode IslandF-5
ManufacturerRichmond, BaldwinRhode IslandRhode Island, Richmond
Axle config2-6-0 (Mogul) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase22 ft 4 in22 ft 7 in
Fixed wheelbase14 ft
Total wheelbase48 ft 6 in48 ft 8 in
Service weight123,525 lbs128,000 lbs123,525 lbs
Adhesive weight105,525 lbs
Total weight219,825 lbs224,300 lbs219,825 lbs
Axle load37,590 lbs
Water capacity4,500 us gal
Fuel capacity20,000 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power900 hp (671 kW)910 hp (679 kW)940 hp (701 kW)
Optimal speed23 mph27 mph
Starting effort25,230 lbf22,147 lbf
with start valve26,576 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter63 in
Boiler pressure185 psi195 psi
Expansion typesimplecompound
Cylinderstwo, 19 x 28 intwo, HP: 20 1/2 x 28 in
and LP: 32 1/2 x 28 in
Grate area32 sq ft31.2 sq ft32 sq ft
Firebox area154 sq ft153.2 sq ft164 sq ft
Tube heating area1,453 sq ft1,563.8 sq ft1,443 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,607 sq ft1,717 sq ft1,607 sq ft
Total heating area1,607 sq ft1,717 sq ft1,607 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 04/2023
Wabash class J-2
United States | 1916 | 23 produced
No. 690 in October 1936 double-headed in front of another locomotive
No. 690 in October 1936 double-headed in front of another locomotive
Edward Lindquist / collection Taylor Rush

In 1912, the Wabash had procured the last new passenger locomotives with the 16 class J-1 Pacifics. In 1916, a class G-1 locomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement was taken instead and converted into a 4-6-2. The G-2 was particularly suitable because it already had 70-inch wheels and was less than ten years old. The locomotive was lengthened by about four feet and the leading axle was replaced with a bogie

Since the conversion was successful, another 22 of the total of 60 engines of the G-1 class were converted in this form. Some of these had received the numbers between 1676 and 1681 and were used between New York and Ontario, the others carried the numbers from 683 to 699 and remained entirely in the USA. The first of these was retired in January 1947 and the last in February 1952.

ManufacturerWabash Railroad
Axle config4-6-2 (Pacific) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase34 ft 4 in
Fixed wheelbase13 ft 4 in
Total wheelbase64 ft 8 in
Service weight241,000 lbs
Adhesive weight151,400 lbs
Total weight394,000 lbs
Axle load52,900 lbs
Water capacity6,000 us gal
Fuel capacity20,000 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power1,975 hp (1,473 kW)
Optimal speed37 mph
Starting effort34,425 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter70 in
Boiler pressure200 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 22 1/2 x 28 in
Grate area54.3 sq ft
Firebox area218 sq ft
Tube heating area2,947 sq ft
Evaporative heating area3,165 sq ft
Superheater area740 sq ft
Total heating area3,905 sq ft
Calculated Values
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last changed: 10/2022

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