Roanoke Railroad & Lumber Company 2-6-0 "Mogul" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 25 (Locobase 14155)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 48, p. 287. Works number was 40620 in September 1913.

An indication of the somewhat primitive nature of the road's construction shows in the 25's specification note: "Locomotive to be strongly built for use on 10% grades and rough hilly country." It had to be light enough to travel on 25 lb/yard (12.5 kg/metre) rail.

After the RR&LC closed in 1931, the 25 was sold to Jackson Brothers Lumber Company.

Class 6 (Locobase 12326)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 22, p. 48. Works number was 16487 in February 1899.

The Baldwin specs identify the buyer of this wood-burning Mogul as North Carolina's Surry Parker Lumber Company (operator of the Surry, Sussex & Southampton narrow-gauge line). Al Weber's number-by-number accounting of Baldwin's production records the operator as the Roanoke.

The RR&LC was described in 1922 as the "one of the oldest firms engaged in the manufacture of North Carolina pine" in northeastern North Carolina. It had mills at Washington, NC (rough lumber) and Money Point, Va (rough and dressed lumber). Some of its subsidiary private railroads were the Bayside & Yeatsville Beaufort & Pamlico (1900-1905)

We know little about this engine. The specs say the fuel was "wood of poor quality".

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14,155 12,326
RailroadRoanoke Railroad & Lumber CompanyRoanoke Railroad & Lumber Company
Number in Class11
Road Numbers256
Number Built11
BuilderBaldwinBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft) 8.5010.33
Engine Wheelbase (ft)14.7516.17
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.58 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)36.5816.17
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)39,00026,000
Engine Weight (lbs)47,00031,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)36,00025,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)83,00056,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)18001200
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)2214
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)3734
Boiler Pressure (psi)185160
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)11" x 18"9" x 16"
Tractive Effort (lbs)92575184
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.21 5.02
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)47.4037.07
Grate Area (sq ft) 9.40 6.61
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)465340
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)465340
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume234.87288.60
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation17391058
Same as above plus superheater percentage17391058
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area87695931
Power L140454043
Power MT685.981028.46

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