Duluth Missabe & Iron Range 2-10-4 "Texas" Locomotives in the USA

The Duluth Missabe & Iron Range Railway was owned by U.S. Steel as was the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. In the throes of dieselization, the B&LE had surplus steam power and sold eighteen of its "Texas" type locomotives to the DM&IR in 1951.

These were the last steam locomotives bought by the Missabe Road and they were a mix of classes that ranged in weight from 519,740 pounds to 524,382 pounds. With tenders they weighed in excess of 900,000 pounds. This group was assigned road numbers 700 through 717 and was used to haul ore during peak periods.

All eighteen of the DM&IR's "Texas" type locomotives were scrapped in 1961. However, there is one surviving B&LE 2-10-4, number 643 which as of 2012 is located in McKees Rocks, PA.


ClassQty.Road NumberFrom Other RRYear AcquiredRoad NumberYear Built Builder Notes
E-5 2710-711B&LE1951710-7111941Baldwin2
E-6 1712B&LE19517121942Baldwin3
E-7 5713-717B&LE1951713-7171943Baldwin4
  1. Numbers 700-709 bought from the Bessemer & Lake Erie in 1951. Former B&LE numbers 621-630. All scrapped in 1961.
  2. Numbers 710 and 711 bought from the B&LE in 1951. Former B&LE numbers 631 and 635. Both scrapped in 1961.
  3. Number 712 bought from the B&LE in 1951. Former B&LE number 637. Scrapped in 1961.
  4. Numbers 713-717 bought from the B&LE in 1951. Former B&LE numbers 638, 641, 645, 646 and 647. All scrapped in 1961.
Specifications by Richard Duley
Wheel Arrangement:2-10-42-10-42-10-42-10-2
Drivers:64" dia.64" dia.64" dia.64" dia.
Weight on Drivers:369,000 lbs.369,000 lbs.372,277 lbs.371,750 lbs.
Total Locomotive Weight:520,000 lbs.519,740 lbs.524,382 lbs.523,600 lbs.
Locomotive & Tender Weight:899,830 lbs.899,570 lbs.904,212 lbs.903,430 lbs.
Grate Area:106.5 sq. ft.106.5 sq. ft.106.5 sq. ft.106.5 sq. ft
Cylinders (dia. x stroke):(2) 31" x 32"(2) 31" x 32"(2) 31" x 32"(2) 31" x 32"
Boiler Pressure:250 psi250 psi250 psi250 psi
Tractive Effort:96,700 lbs.96,700 lbs.96,700 lbs.96,700 lbs.
Tender Capacity:
Water:23,000 gals.23,000 gals.23,000 gals.23,000 gals.
Coal:25 tons25 tons25 tons25 tons
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