Georgia Railroad 2-6-0 "Mogul" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 15 (Locobase 11825)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 12, , p .67 . Works number was 7410, 7413 in August 1884; 7898, 7903, 7907 in April 1886; and 7910-7911 in May; 10153 in July 1889; 10155, 10161, 10166 in August.

These Moguls were ordered in three different years, the first 2 in 1884, 5 in late 1885, and 4 in 1889. The 1886 and 1889 batches were identical to the 1884 engines except for an increase in the driver diameter to 55 5/8".

Locobase has commented on how readily the small 2-6-0 adapted to many different environments when the original mainline buyer disposed of it. Such was the case in this class, all of which went on to second careers.

18 was the first to be sold, going to locomotive rebuilder/reseller Georgia Car & Locomotive, thence in October 1907 to Gulf Line Railroad as #18. (The GLR began as Georgia's Flint River & Gulf in 1901, growing by lease to be reorganized as the GLR in 1907. the Georgia, Florida & Southern took over the line in 1913.

24 went next to GC & L a few months later and was sold to the Chattahoochee Valley in December 1907 where it bore #5.

15 was sold in 1910 to Lexington Terminal as their 115. After a stint with GC & L as #282, the locomotive wound up with A J Twiggs of Augusta, Georgia and renumbered 41. # went in the same year to Wright and Wadley.

19, 20, and 23 joined 15 at GC & L in 1911. The Waycross & Western bought 23 in 1911 as their 201. (The W & W was a shortlived 45-mile Georgia shortline that opened in 1912.) 19 moved on to Alger Sullivan Lumber as #5 in August 1912. It was broken up for parts in 1917. 20 went to work for the Pine Bluff, Sheridan & Southern in October 1912. (This Arkansas railroad was the only non-Georgian enterprise to buy one of these Moguls.)

17 wound up with Twiggs in early 1916 after a turn on the Monroe Railroad as #117 and sale to GC & L in March 1916.

22 was sold in 1916 to the Washington & Lincolnton, which renumbered it 201 (The W&L's 25 miles of line connected the two towns in Lincoln County, Ga, but only after 25 years of false starts beginning in 1889.) In 1919, another rebuilder/reseller -- Southern Iron & Equipment -- bought it from the W & L

16 took the more direct route, being purchased by E P Burton Lumber Company for operation on its railroad.

GC & L purchased 8 and sold it to Andalusia, Florida & Gulf , where it served until it was sold back to GC & L in October 1919. GC & L sold the engine again to Wilson Cypress of Palattka, Fla in 1923.

Class 52 (Locobase 11826)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 17, p .62. Works numbers were 12074-12075, 12082, 12086 in July 1891.

The GRR retained the same cylinder volume used in its earlier Moguls (see Locobase 11825), but increased the boiler's diameter to hold more tubes and raised the working pressure to 160 psi. The firebox heating surface grew slightly but the grate (which was supplied by the railroad itself) kept the same area.

Class B (Locobase 12214)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 17, p 62 and Volume 23, p. 180. Works numbers were 15004-15007 in August 1896 and 18454-18455 in December 1900.

A set of medium-power Moguls entered service in the late 1890s; these were enlargements of the 1891 2-6-0s. The 1900 engines had boilers pressed to 180 psi. They served the GRR for more than 20 years.

In 1916, the 43 was sold to locomotive rebuilder/reseller Georgia Car & Locomotive, which originally was sold to the Bagdad Land & Lumber, but was never actually relettered as such. Years later in 1924, the 9 went on to the Florida & Alabama, which apparently used the engine until the road was abandoned in 1939.

Also in 1916, the Elberton & Eastern bought the 428 (ex-44), renumbered it 103, and ran it until 1933.

45 was sold to the Gainesville Midland in the same year. Fifteen years later the GM was sold to locomotive reseller/rebuilder Southern Iron & Equipment

427 (ex-42) was scrapped by the GRR in 1922.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11,825 11,826 12,214
RailroadGeorgia RailroadGeorgia RailroadGeorgia Railroad
Number in Class1144
Road Numbers15-19, 8, 20, 22-2452-5542-45, 40, 48
Number Built1144
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephensonStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)14.5014.5015.42
Engine Wheelbase (ft)21.8321.8323.50
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.66 0.66 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)47.23
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)66,00074,000102,000
Engine Weight (lbs)78,00090,000122,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)
Tender Water Capacity (gals)250026503500
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)374157
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)545660
Boiler Pressure (psi)130160170
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)17" x 24"17" x 24"19" x 26"
Tractive Effort (lbs)14,19316,84522,605
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.65 4.39 4.51
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)104.10114147.50
Grate Area (sq ft)15.3415.5017.60
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)115412421642
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)115412421642
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume183.03196.99192.45
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation199424802992
Same as above plus superheater percentage199424802992
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area13,53318,24025,075
Power L1310742924741
Power MT311.35383.60307.41

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