Kentucky-Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 6 (Locobase 14948)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 65, pp. 169. See also company ad in Lumber Trade Journal, Vol 66 (15 July 1914), p. 86. Works number was 53363 in June 1920.

Kentucky-Lumber (the hyphen is theirs) had its headquarters in Lexington. They advertised themselves as manufacturers of Delta Red and Sap Gum Tupelo, Kentucky White Oak, Poplar, Ash, Chestnut, and Southern Hardwoods. It operated band mills at Burnside and Williamsburg, Ky, La Follette, Tenn, Sulligant, Ala, and Ruleville, Miss.

This light logging Prairie was a standard Baldwin type that had been sold to many logging companies over the years. According to Gene Connelly's production compilation, the 6 was delivered to the band mill at Sulligant. Not too long after it arrived, however, K-L sold the engine to locomotive rebuilder/recycler Birmingham Rail & Locomotive, who found a buyer on 31 October 1923 in Foshee Lumber of Willow, Fla. Foshee would later sell the locomotive to Cummer Sons Cypress of Lacoochee, Fla near the Pasco-Hernando border.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class6
Locobase ID14948
RailroadKentucky-Lumber Company
CountryUSA
Whyte2-6-2
Number in Class1
Road Numbers6
GaugeStd
Number Built1
BuilderBaldwin
Year1920
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)45.37'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers62000 lbs
Engine Weight84000 lbs
Tender Light Weight60000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight144000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)7 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)34 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter44"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)15" x 20"
Tractive Effort15648 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.96
Heating Ability
Firebox Area83 sq. ft
Grate Area13.70 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 Computation2466
Same as above plus superheater percentage2466
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area14940
Power L14537
Power MT483.99


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