Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 8 (Locobase 12473)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 31, p. 76. Works number was 32160 in November 1907.

This Prairie worked for several logging-related railways. When the Hobart Southern was abandoned in December 1937, the 8 was sold to the Clover Valley Lumber Company. After another 18 years in service, the 8 moved on to the Feather River Lumber Company.

In 1958, the 8 moved into museum railroading when it was sold to the Plumas County Fair. 27 years later, Plumas County sold the 8 to the Feather River Rail Society. And the FRRS sold the locomotive to the Virginia & Truckee.

Class W S Hobart (Locobase 12471)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 23, p. 204. Works number was 18665 in February 1901.

The SNW & LC was headquartered in Hobart Mills, California. In 1916, the 8-mile railway supporting the mill was renamed the Hobart Estate. In 1924, the again-renamed Hobart Southern became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Pacific. It was abandoned in 1937, but the #4 wasn't scrapped until 1945.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Class8W S Hobart
Locobase ID12473 12471
RailroadSierra Nevada Wood & Lumber CompanySierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company
Number in Class11
Road Numbers84
Number Built11
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 7.67'8'
Engine Wheelbase23.83'22.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.32 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers60000 lbs56000 lbs
Engine Weight108000 lbs76000 lbs
Tender Light Weight70000 lbs47000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight178000 lbs123000 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3500 gals2000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)33 lb/yard31 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter44"44"
Boiler Pressure160 psi160 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)16" x 24"13" x 22"
Tractive Effort18991 lbs11492 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.16 4.87
Heating Ability
Firebox Area128 sq. ft74 sq. ft
Grate Area16 sq. ft13.30 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1567 sq. ft767 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1567 sq. ft767 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume280.57226.94
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation25602128
Same as above plus superheater percentage25602128
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area2048011840
Power L146373947
Power MT511.14466.16

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