Barfield Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 14284)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 52, p. 301 and Vol 62, p. 286. Works number was 43349 in May 1916 and 53177 in April 1920.

By the time this big lumber company bought the first little wood-burning logging Prairie, it had expanded from its bases in Moultrie and Thomasville, Georgia. In fact, this wood-burner and its younger sister operated in Florida on very light track (the 2's specification says 30 lb/yard//15 kg/metre.). The grades were "indeterminable" and "negative" and the length of haul 6 to 10 miles (9.7 to 16.1 km). Sparks from the fuel were suppressed by a Rushton Improved cabbage stack.

Not much is known about 1's career, but the 2 has been preserved for display in Naples, Fla. In addition to its service for Barfield Lumber, the 2 operated on the Dowling & Camp lines and later for Lee Tidewater Cypress Company.

NB: The TapLines site describing the Cabbage Stacks at Slater (Fla), those of the Dowling & Camp, describes a smaller engine of 10" x 16" cylinders and 33" drivers. The Baldwin specifications clearly depict an identical sister to the 1. See an extended description of the 2 in Lee Tidewater service at .

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14284
RailroadBarfield Lumber Company
Number in Class2
Road Numbers1-2
Number Built2
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase8'
Engine Wheelbase22.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)46.08'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers56400 lbs
Engine Weight76400 lbs
Tender Light Weight60000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight136400 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)31 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter44"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)13" x 22"
Tractive Effort12929 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.36
Heating Ability
Firebox Area74 sq. ft
Grate Area13.30 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface767 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface767 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume226.94
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 area13320
Power L14441
Power MT520.78

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