Manistee & North Eastern 2-6-0 "Mogul" Locomotives in the USA

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Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 12 (Locobase 12331)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1888, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 22, p.63. See for a May 1899 appraisal of this railroad.

By comparison with the 1889 Mogul shown in Locobase 11604, this was a much bigger and more powerful locomotive.

Class 3 (Locobase 11604)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines, 1888, as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 15, p.51. See for a May 1899 appraisal of this railroad.

The Manisteo & North Eastern began as a logging road and this Mogul was clearly intended to do its share to move the trainloads of lumber.

By 1 January 1892, however, the M & NE was reported to have been graded as far as Traverse City and service along the 70-mile Manistee-Traverse City line would begin as soon as June.

By May 1899, the Manistee Daily News would boast: "The Manistee & North Eastern Railroad is something unique in its way, at it is believed to be the only one of anything like its size, standard gauge, thoroughly built and equipped and operated after the manner of the larger lines with freight and passenger trains, express, mail, train dispatchers, own telegraph line, etc. which is owned solely by individuals. It has never issued a bond, and not a dollar's worth of stock is held outside of the original incorporators."

It remained independent until 1931 when the Pere Marquette gained control. The PM maintained the M&NE as an independent operating entity until the controlling road merged with the Chesapeake & Ohio on 30 November 1955.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID12,331 11,604
RailroadManistee & North EasternManistee & North Eastern
Number in Class11
Road Numbers123
Number Built11
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)15.25 / 4.6514.50 / 4.42
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.75 / 6.9321.83 / 6.65
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.67 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)45.08 / 13.74
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)91,500 / 41,50470,000 / 31,752
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)107,000 / 48,53485,000 / 38,555
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)73,000 / 33,112
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)180,000 / 81,646
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)3500 / 13.262500 / 9.47
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)51 / 25.5039 / 19.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)56 / 142256 / 1422
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40130 / 9
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)19" x 24" / 483x61017" x 24" / 432x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)23,671 / 10737.0013,686 / 6207.87
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.87 5.11
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)148.30 / 13.78
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)18.58 / 1.7315.40 / 1.43
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1394 / 129.55
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1394 / 129.55
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume177.00
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation33442002
Same as above plus superheater percentage33442002
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area26,694
Power L14555
Power MT329.25