Gilchrist-Fordney 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 204 (Locobase 13347)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 32, p.71. See also Tony Howe's "Growth of the Lumber Industry, (1840 to 1930)" at and the exchange begun 28 May 2010 on the blog. Baldwin works number 33238 in March 1909.

Gilchrist-Fordney bought this rather large logging Prairie for its Laurel, Miss.

Tony Howe, author of the article cited above, contacted Wes Barris and Locobase in October 2012 with a correction, accepted with gratitude, of the 204's history. "LoggerHogger" adds that the 204 was first painted bright red while operating in Mississippi and maintained that signature (and singular) appearance throughout most of its operating life. LoggerHogger adds that "W. T. Sherman, ... ran her first in Mississippi for Gilchrist and then in Oregon when she moved out in 1938. Sherman ran her for a total of 30 years!"

Howe notes that when the Laurel area had been cut over, the 204 was transferred in 1937 to sister company Gilchrist Timber in Gilchrist, Ore. Five years later, Gilchrist sold the engine to the Klamath Northern in January 1942. She ran on the KN for more than ten years before being scrapped in the late 1950s, almost fifty years after she arrived in Laurel.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13,347
Number in Class1
Road Numbers204
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)10
Engine Wheelbase (ft)26
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.38
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)51.96
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)114,000
Engine Weight (lbs)150,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)90,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)240,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)4500
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)63
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)48
Boiler Pressure (psi)160
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)20" x 24"
Tractive Effort (lbs)27,200
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.19
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)128
Grate Area (sq ft)35.80
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)2427
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)2427
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume278.11
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation5728
Same as above plus superheater percentage5728
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area20,480
Power L14499
Power MT261.02

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