J R Buckwalter Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 5 (Locobase 14290)

Data from DeGolyer Library, Volume 52, p. 320. Works numbers were 41294 in April 1914 and 53270 in May 1920.

J R Buckwalter was headquartered in Union, Miss in Newton County near Meridian. These logging Prairies were to be delivered to "extremely rough" track. Its firebox was able to burn either wood or coal.

By 1925, the logging roads had been closed and the 5 then operated in industrial service.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID14290
RailroadJ R Buckwalter Lumber Company
Number in Class1
Road Numbers5
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase10'
Engine Wheelbase25.25'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.40
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)46.87'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers77000 lbs
Engine Weight101000 lbs
Tender Light Weight60000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight161000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)7 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)43 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter44"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)16" x 24"
Tractive Effort21364 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.60
Heating Ability
Firebox Area83 sq. ft
Grate Area14 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1598 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1598 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume286.12
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2520
Same as above plus superheater percentage2520
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area14940
Power L14758
Power MT408.69

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