Billerica & Bedford / Bucksport & Bangor 0-4-4 "Forney" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Bucksport (Locobase 11761)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 9, p. 196. Baldwin works number was 4818 in October 1879. See the excellent Tap Lines site ( for Don Hensley, "The Orange Belt Railway".

An unusual feature of this adhesion-first tank was the relatively wide and short firebox. In fact, Locobase wonders if the specs inadvertently traded the width for the length and that the width should read 24 11/16" and the length 47 5/8"

At the time of its opening in 1873, the B & B was the only railroad in Maine's Hancock county; it served the ice-free port of Bucksport, 18 miles from Bangor. The line remained independent for about 9 years before its foreclosure and reorganization as the Eastern Maine Railroad Company. The EMRC leased the B & B to the Maine Central in 1883.

The MC widened the rail gauge to standard. Eastern Maine retained the narrow gaugers, later selling the skinny-gauge snowbirds to the Orange Belt Railway. The 142-mile OBR served the St Petersburg, Florida area. The OBR standardized in 1894 and changed its name to Sanford & Saint Petersburg; Gene Connelly's Baldwin list doesn't record what happened to the

Class Puck (Locobase 1002)

Data from (reviewed 13 Feb 2004). # 3 had 48" drivers. Works numbers were 1251 and 1261.

Operated on the largest 2-foot gauge railroad in US, the SR&RL in Maine. A Hinkley summary supplied by Allen Stanley in March 2004.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11761 1002
RailroadBucksport & BangorBillerica & Bedford
Number in Class13
Road Numbers21-3
Number Built13
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & CoHinkley
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 6.50' 3.50'
Engine Wheelbase17'13'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.38 0.27
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)17'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers24000 lbs
Engine Weight38000 lbs23750 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight38000 lbs23750 lbs
Tender Water Capacity550 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)20 lb/yard0
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter41"30"
Boiler Pressure130 psi120 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)12" x 16"8" x 12"
Tractive Effort6210 lbs2611 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.86
Heating Ability
Firebox Area38.25 sq. ft
Grate Area 8.10 sq. ft 5.75 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface476 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface476 sq. ft0
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume227.27
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1053690
Same as above plus superheater percentage1053690
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area49730
Power L128300
Power MT519.92

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