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
Locobase ID14,283
RailroadE P Burton Lumber Company
Number in Class1
Road Numbers6
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)8
Engine Wheelbase (ft)22.75
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)46.08
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)56,400
Engine Weight (lbs)76,400
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)60,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)136,400
Tender Water Capacity (gals)3000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)31
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)42
Boiler Pressure (psi)170
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)13" x 22"
Tractive Effort (lbs)12,792
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.41
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)74
Grate Area (sq ft)13.30
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)767
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)767
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 area12,580
Power L14003
Power MT469.42

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