North Carolina Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 5 (Locobase 15313)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Vol 73, pp. 425+. See Locobase 13446 for brief history of the WLC. Works number was 58267 in March 1925.

In early 1925, the North Carolina Lumber Company of Lake Waccamaw, NC ordered the 5, which resembled the earlier Waccamaw Lumber Company logging Prairie locomotive shown in Locobase 13448.

It's close to being a duplicate and certainly was headed for the same kind of duty in the same part of North Carolina. The NCLC was incorporated in 1910 with a capital investment of $125,000. Its base at Lake Waccamaw (about 30 miles/48.3 km west of Wilmington) lay within six miles of Waccamaw Land & Lumber.

But the locomotive was not only a decade younger but weighed less and its tender weighed more. The 5's firebox was smaller while each of the tubes was 5" (127 mm) longer even as wheelbases shrank.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class5
Locobase ID15313
RailroadNorth Carolina Lumber Company
CountryUSA
Whyte2-6-2
Number in Class1
Road Numbers5
GaugeStd
Number Built1
BuilderBaldwin
Year1925
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 7.67'
Engine Wheelbase21'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.37
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)40.29'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers37000 lbs
Engine Weight50000 lbs
Tender Light Weight49000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight99000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity2000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)5 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)21 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter36"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)11" x 16"
Tractive Effort8228 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.50
Heating Ability
Firebox Area49 sq. ft
Grate Area14 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface445 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface445 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume252.86
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 area8820
Power L14234
Power MT756.84


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