ATSF 3450 class

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ATSF 3450 class
ATSF 3450.jpg
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Build date 1927
Total produced 10
 • Whyte 4-6-4
 • UIC 2′C2′ h
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia. 73 in (1,854 mm), later: 79 in (2,007 mm)
Length 97 ft 11 in (29.85 m)
Adhesive weight 198,000 lb (90,000 kilograms; 90 metric tons)
Loco weight 343,900 lb (156,000 kilograms; 156.0 metric tons)
Total weight 639,260 lb (289,960 kilograms; 289.96 metric tons)
Fuel type Oil
Fuel capacity 5,000 US gal (19,000 l; 4,200 imp gal)
Water cap 15,000 US gal (57,000 l; 12,000 imp gal)
 • Firegrate area
88 sq ft (8.2 m2)
Boiler pressure 220 lbf/in2 (1.52 MPa), later: 230 lbf/in2 (1.59 MPa)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 25 in × 28 in (635 mm × 711 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Valve type Piston valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort 44,250 lbf (196.8 kN), later: 43,300 lbf (192.6 kN)
Operators Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Numbers 3450–3459
Disposition 3450 preserved, remainder scrapped

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's 3450 class comprised ten 4-6-4 "Hudson" type steam locomotives built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1927. Built as coal-burners, they were converted to oil-burning during the 1930s. At the same time, the locomotives were given 79-inch (2,007 mm) driving wheels instead of their original 73-inch (1,854 mm), and the boiler pressures increased from 220 to 230 lbf/in2 (1.52 to 1.59 MPa). Combined, these changes reduced the starting tractive effort from 44,250 to 43,300 lbf (196.8 to 192.6 kN), but increased the top speed and efficiency. Their early service was in the Midwest, between Chicago, Illinois and Colorado; later, some were assigned to service in the San Joaquin Valley of California between Bakersfield and Oakland.

They were smaller and less powerful locomotives than the later 3460 class, but were capable of equivalently high speeds.

The first locomotive built, #3450, was donated by the Santa Fe in 1955 to the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society's Southern California chapter, and is preserved at the Society's museum in the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds at Pomona, California. It is not in operational condition but is preserved in good condition as a static exhibit. It is equipped with an ATSF 5-chime which runs on an air tank.

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