Stanley, Merrill & Phillips 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 9 (Locobase 13207)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 31, p.81. See also, last accessed 25 September 2011. Works number was 32170 in November 1907.

Northwestern Lumber Company in Taylor County in north central Wisconsin leased the SM & P in 1893 and used the line to bring logs to Stanley, Wisc; the line connected Stanley with Hannibal about 40 miles away.

The Chippewa County Historical Society

Historic Sign #13 notes the following about this little road:

"Passenger service first took lumbermen back and fourth to the clogging camps. Farmers in the area used it for transportation to and from town and for delivery of supplies. In 1909, a gasoline "streetcar" was added to the rail system. The railroad was known for its excursions to points north bringing passengers to parties, dances, hunting camps and picnics. In 1913, the railroad had a total of 276 freight and passenger cars. The railroad came to an end in 1933 after passenger numbers declined from thousands in its booming years to just 33 in 1932."

The marker adds a bit of color: "The S.M. & P Railroad was also affectionately called "Slow, Motion, and Poverty" and "Soup, Meat, and Potatoes".

The Wisconsin Central bought the 9 in April 1923 on behalf of Medford Lumber of Medford, Wisc.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13207
RailroadStanley, Merrill & Phillips
Number in Class1
Road Numbers9
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase13.67'
Engine Wheelbase21.33'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)50.21'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers115000 lbs
Engine Weight130000 lbs
Tender Light Weight100000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight230000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity5000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)48 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter50"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)19" x 24"
Tractive Effort26512 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.34
Heating Ability
Firebox Area147 sq. ft
Grate Area23.80 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1713 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1713 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume217.50
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation4284
Same as above plus superheater percentage4284
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area26460
Power L14662
Power MT357.49

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