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Gambier in Knox County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

0-6-0 Steam Locomotive

 
 
0-6-0 Steam Locomotive Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 16, 2008
1. 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive Marker
Inscription. This 0-6-0 switcher locomotive and tender were built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) of Schenectady, N.Y., for the Alabama State Docks Commission in November 1940. Road number 63 was used to switch cargo at the docks in Mobile, Ala. This was the fourth and last steam locomotive ordered by the State Docks Commission from Alco.
The American Locomotive Company was known for its steam locomotives, such as the 4-6-4 Hudsons and the 4-8-4 Niagaras it built for the New York Central Railroad and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and the 4-8-8-4 Big Boys it built for the Union Pacific Railroad (see diagram).
Our standard gauge locomotives and tender weigh 106 tons, was fired on coal, had a maximum boiler pressure of 200 lbs, and has a driving wheel diameter of 51 inches. It is 67 feet, 8 inches long and 10 feet, 8 inches wide. It can hold 8,000 gallons of water and 10 tons of coal.
A typical load for an 0-6-0 switcher was about six cars. Even when at work, the switcher was waiting more of the time than it was moving, so it needed only a small firebox, boiler and tank to do its work. Most driving wheels on this type of locomotive were 51” in diameter but other sizes were preferred by some railroads. Switching engines almost always had forward and rear sand boxes. Usually, the rear box was dome-shaped like the front one and
0-6-0 Steam Locomotive and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 16, 2008
2. 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive and Marker
that is the case on this locomotive.
In 1957, this locomotive was sold to the Gulf States Paper Corporation in Holt, Ala. In 1959, it was donated to the Junior Chamber of Commerce at Tuscaloosa, Ala., where it was displayed from 1959 to 1980 in Jaycee Park. In 1980 it was donated to the Bluegrass Railroad Museum of Versailles, Ky.
The Kokosing Gap Trail board of trustees purchased the equipment and moved it to Gambier in April 2001. It has not been fired since 1959 and there are no plans to put this locomotive in running condition. The purchase, moving and restoration expenses came from donation of funds or services.
What do the numbers mean?
Steam locomotives are ____ by their ____ wheel arrangement. Depending on engine ____, locomotives may have one, two, or three groups of wheels called (front to back), leading, driving, and trailing wheels. Locomotive #63 has six driving wheels and no leading or trailing wheels. Thus, it is called, “0-6-0. ” The Niagaras have four leading, eight driving and four trailing wheels. The Big Boy's wheel arrangement is similar to the Niagara's, but has two sets of driving wheels.
 
Erected by Kokosing Gap Trail Board of Trustees.
 
Location. 40° 22.164′ N, 82° 23.508′ W. Marker is
0-6-0 Steam Locomotive image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 16, 2008
3. 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive
in Gambier, Ohio, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Kokosing Gap Trail, on the right when traveling north on Meadow Lane. Click for map. Marker is about 100 feet southeast of the Kenyon College recreation and athletics building. Marker is in this post office area: Gambier OH 43022, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gambier (a few steps from this marker); C & O caboose (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Kenyon Cornerstone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward Bates Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Lorin Andrews (approx. half a mile away); George Wharton Marriott (approx. half a mile away); David Bates Douglass (approx. half a mile away); Kenyon College (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Gambier.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
0-6-0 Steam Locomotive Firebox image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 16, 2008
4. 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive Firebox
0-6-0 Steam Locomotive Builder's Plate image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 16, 2008
5. 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive Builder's Plate
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,894 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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