Grice and Long Geared Steam Locomotives

Geared Steam Locomotive Works

Home| Baldwin| Bell| Byers| Climax| Davenport| Dunkirk| Heisler| Other| Rod| Shay| Willamette|
Books| Search| Mail Me| Videos|
 Help!
>>=>  Copyright
1998-2012 GSLW -  All rights reserved.  <=<<


 

"Grice and Long Locomotives"
Development of the Locomotive Engine - by Angus Sinclair

 


 Figure 136

The principal freight handled by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company has always been coal and other minerals.  The mechanical officials from the first displayed a leaning toward heavy motive power that would handle economically heavy freight over the steep grades.  Before discussing particulars of their progress in this line I wish to allude to a peculiar type of mine locomotives used on some of the branches.  Fig 136 illustrates one of these Grice and Long locomotives which was at work at Packer No 4 Colliery as late as 1901.

This was a four wheeled locomotive with built up frame.   The boiler which is of the internally fired return tubular type is placed over the front pair of wheels.   The cylinders which are placed nearly vertical over rear axle are in the rear of the boiler.   The connecting rods drive a cranked shaft on which a gear is placed.   This gear in turn drives a pinion on rear axle.   The wheels are inside the frame and axles are cranked for parallel rods. Only the rear pair of wheels are equipped with springs.   Shifting or so called Stephenson link motion was used and the lost motion in parallel rods was taken up on one end by taper key on the other by a set bolt lock nut.

In spite of very persistent search I have been unable to find out who designed these extraordinary locomotives but it certainly was a man with some engineering ideas the leanings being towards marine practice.   They were evidently patterned somewhat after the Baltimore and Ohio Grasshopper engines being made so short and compact that they would go round any curve but the boiler was of a decidedly better form and the engine was likely to do its work on less steam while it was very convenient for repairing

This information was transcribed from text that appeared in the book  "Development of the Locomotive Engine" by Angus Sinclair.  The book was published in 1907 by the Angus Sinclair Publishing Co. of New York.

Home| Baldwin| Bell| Byers| Climax| Davenport| Dunkirk| Heisler| Other| Rod| Shay| Willamette|
Books| Search| Mail Me| Videos|
 Help!
>>=>  Copyright
1998-2012 GSLW -  All rights reserved.  <=<<

We need Your Help!

Page changed: April 29, 2012 03:31:44 PM