Aberdeen & Rockfish
2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA
The Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad was incorporated in 1892 and eventually ran
from Aberdeen, NC through Raeford, NC and on to Fayetteville, NC. In the mid
1920s, Fort Bragg in North Carolina began to expand and as a result the A&R
became very busy delivering materials for the expansion of the Army post. With
the continuous press of business the short line railroad increased its motive
power through purchases of second hand "Mikado" type locomotives, with two
coming in 1929, one in 1935 and the last coming in 1941. This small railroad
did a huge job during World War II moving material and troops in and out of Fort
There is one surviving Aberdeen & Rockfish 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives. It
is number 40, which is operational on the Valley Railroad. Number 40 had 48"
drivers and 20" x 28" cylinders.
Roster by Richard Duley
|Qty.||Road Number||Year Built||From Other RR||Year Acquired||Builder||Notes|
| 1||30||1921||Sewell Valley||1929||Baldwin||1|
| 1||35||1922||Sewell Valley||1929||Baldwin||2|
| 1||40||1920||Minaret & Western||1935||ALCO||3|
| 1||50||1918||Kanawha, Glen J. & E.||1941||Baldwin||4|
- Number 30 was Sewell Valley #8. Acquired in 1929 and sold in 1949 to Elk River Coal & Lumber Company.
- Number 35 was Sewell Valley #10. Acquired in 1929 and sold in 1948 for scrap.
- Number 40 was Portland, Astoria & Pacific #100 was Minaret & Western #101. Acquired in 1935 and sold to the Valley Railroad in 1977.
- Number 50 was Kanawha, Glen Jean & Eastern #302. Acquired in 1941 and scrapped in 1947.
Note: at some point locomotive number 40's boiler pressure was lowered to 160 psi, which resulted in a tractive effort of 35,700 pounds and the locomotive was converted so it could burn coal. The tender was changed so it could carry 8 tons of coal.
|Specifications by Richard Duley|
|Weight on Drivers:||128,000 lbs|
|Total Locomotive Weight:||174,000 lbs.|
|Locomotive & Tender Weight:||278,000 lbs.|
|Grate Area:||43.3 sq. ft.|
|Cylinders (dia. x stroke):||(2) 20" x 28"|
|Boiler Pressure:||180 psi |
|Tractive Effort:||35,700 lbs.|
- 35 (Aberdeen & Rockfish photo)
- 40 (Jeff Sumberg photo)
- 40 (Ed Ozog photo courtesy Steve Low)
- The Road of Personal Service, A Centennial History by Jim Wrinn and Edward Lewis, Published by the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad Company.