J A Bel Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives in the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 4 (Locobase 13893)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 41, p. 15. See "The Best All-Around Mill Man", Beaumont Journal archived at http://www.gooscemetery.com/personal_pages/john_albert_bel.htm, last accessed on 24 February 2012. Works number was 37995 in June 1912.

J A Bel Lumber (the "Bel" is not missing an "l") was based in Lake Charles, Louisiana and operated the second largest mill in Southwest Louisiana by the end of the 19th Century.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class4
Locobase ID13,893
RailroadJ A Bel Lumber Company
CountryUSA
Whyte2-6-2
Number in Class1
Road Numbers4
GaugeStd
Number Built1
BuilderBaldwin
Year1912
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 9.17 / 2.80
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)23.75 / 7.24
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.39
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)44.96 / 13.70
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)61,500 / 27,896
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)84,000 / 38,102
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)60,000 / 27,216
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)144,000 / 65,318
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)3000 / 11.36
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)34 / 17
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)46 / 1168
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)180 / 12.40
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)15" x 20" / 381x508
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)14,967 / 6788.93
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.11
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)82.20 / 7.64
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)14.10 / 1.31
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)991 / 92.07
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)991 / 92.07
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume242.26
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2538
Same as above plus superheater percentage2538
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area14,796
Power L14730
Power MT508.68