Tremont & Gulf 2-4-0 "Porter" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Bob (Locobase 12567)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 24, p. 105. Works number was 19799 in November 1901. See also Jack M Willis, "Early railroads built for mills: Tremont operations supported by T&G Railroad in NE Louisiana," archived at [], last accessed 25 July 2010. Also see Mildred King Shell "T&G Railway connected forestry in region" at, last accessed 29 June 2012.

The T & G was a 9-mile logging road that linked the stands of pine in northwest Louisiana to the junction with the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific Railroad. With other branch lines, the T & G eventually covered 98.5 miles.

Bob was the first and smallest of the T & G's engines. After some service with the T & G, the 11 moved onto the Cartwright Logging Company. From there, the engine went to locomotive rebuilder/reseller Birmingham Rail & Locomotive. BR & L reconditioned the little six-wheeler and sold it to Arabi, Louisiana's Saint Bernard Cypress Company.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID12,567
RailroadTremont & Gulf
Number in Class1
Road Numbers11
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 5.50 / 1.68
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)12.42 / 3.79
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.44
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)33,000 / 14,969
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)41,000 / 18,597
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)33,000 / 14,969
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)74,000 / 33,566
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)1500 / 5.68
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)28 / 14
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)42 / 1067
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)12" x 18" / 305x457
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)8393 / 3807.01
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.93
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)45.70 / 4.25
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)11.10 / 1.03
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)414 / 38.48
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)414 / 38.48
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume175.71
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1776
Same as above plus superheater percentage1776
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area7312
Power L13054
Power MT408.06

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