A E Bell 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 11007)

Data from "Logging Locomotives", Record of Recent Construction #96 (Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1918), p. 11. See also DeGolyer, Volumes 52, p. 408. (Thanks to Chris Hohl for his 26 February 2016 email noting the proper valve gear ID and the tender's wood capacity.) Works number was 43288 in May 1916.

Identical to the small Southern logger from 1913 shown in Locobase 14061, this little Prairie wound up in Lois Springs, Ala. Although a wood-burner trailing a tender carrying two cords of fuel, this engine did not have the big bole at the top of the stack that signified the spark-arresting equipment usually considered necessary. It was a tiny engine for operating on the standard gauge.

A E Bell, a lumbering company based in Lois Springs, operated the 1 for a few years before selling it to locomotive reseller Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Company. They sold it in July 1920 to the F B Williams Cypress Company.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11007
RailroadA E Bell
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase8'
Engine Wheelbase21.33'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.38
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)40.75'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers43550 lbs
Engine Weight60800 lbs
Tender Light Weight46200 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight107000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity2000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)24 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter36"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)12" x 18"
Tractive Effort11016 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.95
Heating Ability
Firebox Area60 sq. ft
Grate Area13.30 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface551 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface551 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume233.85
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2394
Same as above plus superheater percentage2394
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area10800
Power L13901
Power MT592.44

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