New Hope & Ivyland 40

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
New Hope & Ivyland 40
New Hope & Ivyland 40.JPG
New Hope & Ivyland 40 waiting for the first run of the day.
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Serial number 58824
Build date December 1925
 • Whyte 2-8-0
 • UIC 1′D n2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 50 in (1.270 m)
Adhesive weight 142,000 lb (64.4 tonnes)
Loco weight 160,000 lb (72.6 tonnes)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 16,000 lb (7.3 tonnes)
Water cap 6,000 US gallons (23,000 l; 5,000 imp gal)
Boiler pressure 190 lbf/in2 (1.31 MPa)
Feedwater heater none
Superheater none
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 20 in × 26 in (508 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Valve type Piston valves
Train heating Steam
Train brakes 26L
Performance figures
Maximum speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Tractive effort 32,700 lbf (145 kN)
Operators Lancaster and Chester Railroad,
Cliffside Railroad
New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
Nicknames Old Number 40
Delivered 1925
Retired 1962
Restored 1966, 1974, 1981, 1991, 2011
Current owner New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
Disposition Operational

New Hope & Ivyland 40 is a 2-8-0 Consolidation type steam locomotive built in 1925 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Lancaster and Chester Railroad.


40 was ordered by the Lancaster and Chester Railroad of Lancaster, South Carolina from the Baldwin Locomotive Works and was completed on December 2, 1925.[1] Very little is known about 40's career on the Lancaster and Chester other than that it was primarily used to haul textiles.

In 1947, 40 was sold to the 3.7 mile long Cliffside Railroad, a short line in North Carolina. During its entire tenure on the Cliffside, the relatively diminutive 80-ton 2-8-0 was the largest locomotive the railroad owned.[2]

In 1962, the Cliffside Railroad sold the 40 to Steam Trains Inc., located in New Hope, Pennsylvania. 40 was moved to the Reading Company shops in St. Clair, PA with the rest of Steam Trains Inc.'s equipment, including their other steam locomotive, Canadian National 4-6-0 1533. In 1966, Steam Trains Inc. was reorganized as the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad and moved all of its equipment, including 40, to the former Reading Company yard in New Hope, PA.

Even though 40 was operational at the time, it only saw limited service in the summer of 1967 as stablemate 1533 was reportedly easier to run and fire and was more popular with engine crews. In 1974, 40 was rebuilt by the New Hope & Ivyland's new owners, the McHugh Brothers and returned to service.[1] In the late 1970s in addition to 40 being taken out of service for repairs, the New Hope & Ivyland's passenger operations were handed over to the newly formed New Hope Steam Railway. From 1981 to 1986, 40 was the New Hope Steam Railway's workhorse, pulling the majority of their trains until the groups leadership changed in late 1986.

In 1990, the New Hope and Ivyland came under new ownership and 40 was rebuilt to operational condition by shop forces from the Strasburg Rail Road, returning to operation in June 1991.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Steam Locomotives". New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. 
  2. ^ "Old 40 rides again". Remember Cliffside. Cliffside Historical Society. 2010.