Leesville, Slagle & Eastern 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 11012)

Data from "Logging Locomotives", Record of Recent Construction #96 (Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1918), p. 22-23. See also DeGolyer, Volume 62, pp. 67 and 419 and the Mississippi Rails entry on the LS&E at http://www.msrailroads.com/Leesv_Slagle_Eastern.htm . Works numbers were 52258-52259 in August 1919.

The LS&E was a short line operating in Louisiana - its length amounted only to 10.3 miles (16.6 km) with its headquarters located in Hawthorne. It opened on 15 April 1920 as a lumber transporter, but offered a schedule of freight and passenger traffic to its connection with the Kansas City Southern.

The pair of Prairies delivered by Baldwin (road numbered in reverse order, for some reason) most likely were the main motive power on the railway. The 2 was lettered for the White-Grandin Lumber Company, but ran on the LS&E. They were of nearly main-line proportions. 1 was an oil burner while 2 burned wood. To accommodate the latter type of fuel, the 2 had an Improved Rushton stack and a grate made up of plain bars and a dead plate.

When all the nearby timber had been cut over, the sawmill at Slagle closed down in the second half of 1930 and the line was officially abandoned in 1932.

Both of these Baldwins were later sold to equipment buyer Hillyer Deutsch Edwards.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID11012
RailroadLeesville, Slagle & Eastern
Number in Class2
Road Numbers1-2
Number Built2
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase10.25'
Engine Wheelbase26.83'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.38
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)46.83'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers94000 lbs
Engine Weight122000 lbs
Tender Light Weight74000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight196000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3500 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)1500 gals
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)52 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter44"
Boiler Pressure165 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)17" x 24"
Tractive Effort22109 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.25
Heating Ability
Firebox Area101 sq. ft
Grate Area18.70 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1637 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1637 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume259.64
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3086
Same as above plus superheater percentage3086
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area16665
Power L14111
Power MT289.25

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