Uintah 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA

The Uintah Railway was a 3'-0" narrow gauge railway built and owned by the Barber Asphalt Paving Company. It built the railway to haul Gilsonite, which in an ingredient in the making of paving asphalt, from the Uintah Basin in Utah to the main line of the Denver Rio Grande Western Railway at Crevasse, Colorado. The railway's eclectic all-time roster of 17 locomotives included seven shays, four "Consolidations", two 0-6-2T tank type locomotives, two 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives and two 2-6-6-2T tank type locomotives.

One of the "Mikados", number 30 was bought new from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1911. This locomotive had 40" diameter drivers, 18" x 22" cylinders, a boiler pressure of 200 psi and it exerted 30,300 pounds of tractive effort and weighed 146,000 pounds. The other 2-8-2 was bought second hand from a sister company, the New York & Bermudez Company, railroad, the G&LaB railroad. This locomotive was given road number 40 and had 42" diameter drivers, 17" x 22" cylinders, a 170 psi boiler pressure and it exerted 21,800 pounds of tractive effort and weighed 119,400 pounds.

Both of the Uintah 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives were scrapped in 1939. There are no surviving Uintah 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives.


Qty.Road NumbersYear BuiltBuilderNotes
1301911BaldwinNarrow Gauge 3'-0", Purchased new from Baldwin and was sold for scrapped in 1939.
1401913BaldwinNarrow Gauge 3'-0", Built in 1913, for the New York & Bermudez Company's railroad and sold to the Uintah Railway in June 1919. Sold for scrap in 1939.
Specifications by Richard Duley
Road Number:3040
Wheel Arrangement:2-8-22-8-2
Length:74'-7 ½" 68'-6 ½"
Drivers:40" dia.42" dia.
Weight on Drivers:120,000 lbs. 86,400 lbs.
Total Locomotive Weight:146,000 lbs.119,400 lbs.
Locomotive & Tender Weight:246,000 lbs188,000 lbs.
Grate Area:32 sq. ft.23 sq. ft.
Cylinders (dia. X stroke):(2) 18" x 22"(2) 17" x 22"
Boiler Pressure:200 psi170 psi.
Tractive Effort:30,300 lbs.21,800 lbs.
Tender Capacity:
Water:5,000 gals.3,000 gals.
Coal:5 tons5 tons
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