This railroad served the Louisiana Long Leaf Lumber Company, which was formed by Caleb T Crowell in 1892 and milled logging products from 20,000 acres of virgin timber for 77 years.
Just after the turn into the 20th Century, the LLLLC bought these small Prairies and assigned them to the VF & W, which covered 28 miles by 1904 and 57 miles by 1920. In the early days, rail weight amounted to a mere 40 lb/yard (20 kg/m).
Louisiana Long Leaf Lumber Company returned to Baldwin four years after it bought the logging Prairies described in Locobase 12613 to buy a pair produced to an updated spec. Boiler pressure increased as did the number of boiler tubes. The wood-burning firebox and grate grew slightly as well.
7 was donated by Louisiana Long Leaf to the Grigsby Foundation in August 1968. Wes Barris notes that it was stored in a serviceable condition by the Reader Railroad of Malvern, Ark.
Essentially a duplicate of the wood-burning Ten-wheelers from 1906-1907 (Locobase 12975), the 8 was very slightly heavier. Only two years after its delivery, the VF&W closed in November 1917. All of the motive power reverted to the railroad's owner, Louisiana Long Leaf Lumber Company.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Victoria, Fisher & Western||Victoria, Fisher & Western||Victoria, Fisher & Western|
|Number in Class||1||2||1|
|Builder||Burnham, Williams & Co||Burnham, Williams & Co||Baldwin|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.39||0.39||0.39|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||44.42'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||60000 lbs||65000 lbs||65000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||81000 lbs||88000 lbs||91000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||54000 lbs||50000 lbs||60000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||135000 lbs||138000 lbs||151000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||2500 gals||3000 gals||3000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||33 lb/yard||36 lb/yard||36 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||160 psi||180 psi||180 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||14.5" x 20"||15" x 20"||15" x 20"|
|Tractive Effort||13948 lbs||16793 lbs||16793 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.30||3.87||3.87|
|Firebox Area||74.90 sq. ft||93 sq. ft||94 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||12.50 sq. ft||14 sq. ft||14 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||924 sq. ft||1000 sq. ft||1002 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||924 sq. ft||1000 sq. ft||1002 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||241.73||244.46||244.95|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2000||2520||2520|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2000||2520||2520|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||11984||16740||16920|