E P Burton Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 6 (Locobase 14283)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 52, p. 298. Works number was 41802 in November 1914.

E P Burton Lumber Company was formed in 1901 to exploit timber reserves in North Charleston, SC, as one of the first industries in the area. (Very soon thereafter, the US Navy began work on the Charleston Navy Yard.)

The 6 was delivered as a wood-burning logging Prairie produced to a pattern used by many lumber companies in the Southeast. Even then the company foresaw converting the engine to coal burning. It rolled on 40 lb/yard (20 kg/metre) rail over a 20-mile line.

After its time with EP Burton, the 6 would serve three more logging companies: German Land and Lumber, Limestone, and Dowling & Camp.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class6
Locobase ID14283
RailroadE P Burton Lumber Company
CountryUSA
Whyte2-6-2
Number in Class1
Road Numbers6
GaugeStd
Number Built1
BuilderBaldwin
Year1914
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 Diameter42"
Boiler Pressure170 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)13" x 22"
Tractive Effort12792 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.41
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 Computation2261
Same as above plus superheater percentage2261
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area12580
Power L14003
Power MT469.42


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