Taylor County Lumber Company / Trout Creek Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 1 (Locobase 12739)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 27, p. 168, Volume 28, p. 262, and Vol 71, pp. 414+. See also the Mississippi Rails entry on the TCLC at http://www.msrailroads.com/Trout_Cr_Lbr.htm, last accessed 13 June 2013. Works number was 24907 in December 1904, 27555 in February 1906, and 55736 in October 1922.

All of these locomotives were delivered to the Trout Creek company, which had several saw mills in Trout, Louisiana. The 1's price was $8,235 in 1904. The second engine, which cost $8,600 in 1906, was lettered for the Louisiana & Arkansas Railway and numbered 220. The third engine was lettered for the TCLC and was produced more than 16 years after the second and cost $13,344 new. A note in the specs noted that the locomotives used "bad water".

The 1 was sold to Kirby Lumber Company of Silsbee, Tex in 1917 as their #67 and served the KLC for decades. It was scrapped in December 1941.

After 1928, the TCLC was sold to the Louisiana Delta Hardwood Company. The MR account summarizes the volume of logging executed by this company. Its first sawmill day was 1 March 1905 and that mill operated almost continuously until 4 October 1929., During that time, the TCLC processed over 700 million board feet of lumber.

The 2 and 4 moved to the Louisiana Delta Hardwood Lumber Company of Good Pine, La in 1930. The 4 was later sold to the Union Saw Mill Company of Huttig, Ark.

Class 1 (Locobase 14044)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 45, p. 32 and Vol 48, p. 312. Works number was 39937 in July 1913 and 40861 in November.

Baldwin's logging Prairies came in several distinct sizes. These wood-burners were of middling size for the light (40 lb/yard or 20 kg/metre) rail of their first owner.

The 1 was later sold to the Weaver Loughridge Lumber of Boyd, Florida.

The 2 would serve several Florida operators. Taylor County sold the 2 to the Brooks Scanlon Lumber Company of Foley. Brooks Scanlon sold the 2 to Manatee Crate Company. Manatee eventually sold the 2 in 1954 to the City of Bradenton, which would put the 2 on display.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID12739 14044
RailroadTrout Creek Lumber CompanyTaylor County Lumber Company
Number in Class32
Road Numbers1, 220/2, 41-2
Number Built32
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBaldwin
Valve GearStephensonStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 9.17'8'
Engine Wheelbase23.75'22.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.39 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)43.71'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers65000 lbs56900 lbs
Engine Weight83000 lbs77500 lbs
Tender Light Weight63000 lbs60000 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight146000 lbs137500 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3000 gals3000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)36 lb/yard32 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter46"44"
Boiler Pressure180 psi180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)15" x 20"13" x 22"
Tractive Effort14967 lbs12929 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.34 4.40
Heating Ability
Firebox Area82.20 sq. ft74 sq. ft
Grate Area14.13 sq. ft13.30 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface991 sq. ft767 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface991 sq. ft767 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume242.26226.94
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation25432394
Same as above plus superheater percentage25432394
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area1479613320
Power L147304441
Power MT481.29516.21


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