Mengel Box Company 0-4-2 Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Col. C C Mengel (Locobase 13180)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 30. See also "Ohio and Kentucky - News from the Box Men of Cleveland, Cincinnati & Louisville - A Lively Trade Doing," The Packages, Volume 6, No 9 (September 1903), pp. 36-37. Works number was 31852 in October 1907.

The Mengel Box Company was one of the largest such companies in the South at the turn into the 20th Century. The Packages report tells of greatly improved business over the previous few months, the opening of veneer plant at Hickman and a new saw mill at Band Mill near Dyersburg, Ky. Of most interest to Locobase, however, was the assertion that it took 10,000 trees per year (at 600 feet to the tree) to supply the Mengel Company.

Helping to haul those trees out of the forest would have been the CC Mengel's job.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassCol. C C Mengel
Locobase ID13180
RailroadMengel Box Company
Number in Class1
Road Numbers
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase5'
Engine Wheelbase10'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.50
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)10'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers24500 lbs
Engine Weight26500 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight26500 lbs
Tender Water Capacity300 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)20 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter33"
Boiler Pressure160 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)9" x 14"
Tractive Effort4673 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.24
Heating Ability
Firebox Area22.90 sq. ft
Grate Area 8.20 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface230 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface230 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume223.12
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1312
Same as above plus superheater percentage1312
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area3664
Power L12941
Power MT529.29

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