Farm Collector

The Canadian Pacific Locomotive

Route 2, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

In answering Mr. Floyd Westlings article about the
C.R.R.R.’s Selkvik’s (2-10-4) locomotives in the September
-October issue of The Iron-Men, I am quoting some facts from David
P. Morgan’s book ‘Steams Finest Hour’. There were 36
2-10-4 built, 20 in 1929, 10 in 1939 and 6 in 1949. There was only
one three cylinder built, No. 8000 in 1931.

They had 25 x 32 inch cylinders, 63 inch drivers weighed 728,000
lbs. The tractive force was 76,900 lbs. plus booster (a simple
double cylinder engine driving a rear axle trailing truck) 12,000
lbs, or 88,900 lbs. total T. F.

There are several U.S. straight frame engines that have a higher
T.F., namely: Kanasas City Southern’s 900’s-93,300, Santa
Fe’s 5000’s 93,000, Penna. R. R. 6470’s 110,000 with
booster, U.P. R.R.’s 4-12-2’s 96,600 lbs. and a few others.
I doubt if they developed more than 4500 H.P. on a 63 inch driver
with only 88,900 lbs. T.F. The Selkvik’s are wonderful

  • Published on Sep 1, 1966
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