Northwestern Coal Railway 2-6-0 "Mogul" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 2 (Locobase 12204)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 20, pp 66 and 143 Works numbers were 14909-14910 in June 1896.

The specifications on this switcher/transfer engine included the requirement to move the cylinders eight inches "further ahead of present position, so constructed Weight is estimated at 102,000 total with 90,000 on drivers." Locobase believes that spec meant to guarantee that at least 90,000 lb would rest on the drivers. Tonnage requirements cannot be described as onerous: 90,000 lb up a 2% grade.

The NWCR was reported by the Army Corps of Engineers in March 1893 to be building "one of the largest coal docks in the United States in Allonez Bay", an indentation in the Lake Superior shoreline near Superior, Wisconsin.

The 2 was rebuilt as an 0-6-0 and sold to the Pittsburg Coal Company of Wisconsin. Later owners included Guthrie & Company and Mahnomen Mining Company.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID12,204
RailroadNorthwestern Coal Railway
Number in Class1
Road Numbers2
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)11 / 3.35
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)18 / 5.49
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.61
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)90,000 / 40,823
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)102,000 / 46,266
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)2800 / 10.61
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)50 / 25
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)50 / 1270
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)18" x 24" / 457x610
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)21,151 / 9593.94
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.26
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)124.86 / 11.60
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)21.40 / 1.99
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1439 / 133.74
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)1439 / 133.74
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume203.58
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3424
Same as above plus superheater percentage3424
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area19,978
Power L13892
Power MT286.01

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