J A Bel Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 4 (Locobase 13893)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 41, p. 15. See "The Best All-Around Mill Man", Beaumont Journal archived at http://www.gooscemetery.com/personal_pages/john_albert_bel.htm, last accessed on 24 February 2012. Works number was 37995 in June 1912.

J A Bel Lumber (the "Bel" is not missing an "l") was based in Lake Charles, Louisiana and operated the second largest mill in Southwest Louisiana by the end of the 19th Century.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13893
RailroadJ A Bel Lumber Company
Number in Class1
Road Numbers4
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 9.17'
Engine Wheelbase23.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.39
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)44.96'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers61500 lbs
Engine Weight84000 lbs
Tender Light Weight60000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight144000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)34 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter46"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)15" x 20"
Tractive Effort14967 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.11
Heating Ability
Firebox Area82.20 sq. ft
Grate Area14.10 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface991 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface991 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume242.26
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2538
Same as above plus superheater percentage2538
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area14796
Power L14730
Power MT508.68

If you have any railroad data such as diagram books, rail station plans or anything else that you would be willing to share, please contact us.