East Branch & Lincoln 2-4-2 "Columbian" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 3 (Locobase 12153)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 19, p. 72 Works number was 14429 in September 1895.


Class 5 (Locobase 13018)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 29, p. 212,. Works number was 29575 in November 1906.

It's not clear from Gene Connelly's notes when the EB & L actually took delivery of the engine. Baldwin's specs give the EB&L as first operator. On the other hand, Connelly gives us Zealand Valley, which then sold the 5 to EB & L. Photos show a long-wheelbase, large saddle tank, three equal-sized domes consisting of 2 sand domes flanking a steam dome, and a long smokebox ahead of the tank.

In 1947, the Franconia Paper Company took possession of the 5. Eventually the FPC donated the engine as a display at Loon Mountain Ski area.


Class J E Henry (Locobase 12061)

Data from Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 18, p. 144. and Vol 19, p. 257. Works numbers were 13167 in January 1893, 13693 in August, and 14429 in September 1895.

The J T Henry, Lincoln, and Osceola came to this New Hampshire logging line from 1893 to 1895. The EB & L was the largest logging road in New England, serving 25 lumber camps north east of Lincoln for almost 50 years.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class35J E Henry
Locobase ID12,153 13,018 12,061
RailroadEast Branch & LincolnEast Branch & LincolnEast Branch & Lincoln
CountryUSAUSAUSA
Whyte2-4-2ST2-4-2ST2-4-2T
Number in Class113
Road Numbers351-3
GaugeStdStdStd
Number Built113
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & Co
Year189519061893
Valve GearStephensonStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)7 7.507
Engine Wheelbase (ft)22.0824.1722.08
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.32 0.31 0.32
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)22.0824.1722.08
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)68,000
Engine Weight (lbs)100,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)100,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)100015001000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)57
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)464646
Boiler Pressure (psi)130180130
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)14" x 24"15" x 24"14" x 24"
Tractive Effort (lbs)11,30017,96111,300
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.79
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)6290.8062
Grate Area (sq ft)11.7014.9011.70
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)724996724
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)724996724
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume169.31202.90169.31
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation152126821521
Same as above plus superheater percentage152126821521
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area806016,3448060
Power L1241040762410
Power MT264.30


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