Peace River Phosphate Mining 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 4 (Locobase 12910)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 28, p. 207. See also how the PRPM was turned into the Charlotte Harbor & Northern in 1907 at Donald R Hensley, Jr "The Boca Grande Route" (, last accessed 22 July 2011). Works number was27256 in January 1906.

This small Consolidation arrived on the PRPM rails in west central Florida just before the management repositioned the business, gained control of the recently chartered Alafia, Manatee & Gulf Coast Railway, and took on the name of Charlotte Harbor & Northern. Obviously well suited to low-speed, light-rail operation up 1 1/2% grades and around 6-degree curves, the 4 served the CH & N for only about a decade before being sold to locomotive rebuilder/reseller Southern Iron & Equipment in 1917.

SI & E's sale to Mayo Lumber co. in May 1918 began a series of moves over the next 10 years to variety of operators. C.H. Grayson Lumber Company bought the engine next and renumbered it # 41. Grayson sold the 41 to another rebuilder/reseller, Georgia Car & Locomotive. GC & L found a buyer in Lake Wales, Fla -- packing crate producer WC Sherman, which renumbered it again as 31. One more time to SI&E, then to Capitola, Fla's Moore Carr Lumber Co in April 1924.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID12,910
RailroadPeace River Phosphate Mining (CH & N)
Number in Class1
Road Numbers4
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)12.50 / 3.81
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)19.33 / 5.89
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.65
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)72,000 / 32,659
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)83,000 / 37,648
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)60,000 / 27,216
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)143,000 / 64,864
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)30 / 15
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)44 / 1118
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)16" x 22" / 406x559
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)17,408 / 7896.15
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.14
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)91.70 / 8.52
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)16.40 / 1.52
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)967 / 89.87
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)967 / 89.87
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume188.88
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2624
Same as above plus superheater percentage2624
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area14,672
Power L13267
Power MT400.14

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