Wabeno, Otter Lake & Eastern 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Soperton (Locobase 15050)

Data from Roy V Wright (Ed.) 1912 Locomotive Cyclopedia of American Practice, Sixth Edition (New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Company, 1912), p. 168. But see Alco's Negative P-531, supplied by Chris Hohl in a 26 October 2016 email, which shows that the Soperton was built by Alco's Pittsburgh Works. (Many thanks to Chris for spotting the error and supplying the data that enriched the entry.) Works number was 47980 in August 1908. See also Dick Quinlan, "The Menominee Bay Shore Lumber Co. 'The Big Red Mill'", Chips and Sawdust, No 29, Number 2 (Summer 2004), pp. 3-8 (found at http://chipsandsawdust.com/Chips%20and%20Sawdust/ChipsandsawdustVolume29,Number2.pdf, last accessed 3 November 2016.)

Owned by the Menominee Bay Shore Lumber Company, the WOL&E ran through Forest County from Soperton (the namesake of the 101 and headquarters). Soperton, platted in the woods about 80 miles NW of Green Bay, Wis, was named for the Menominee's president Alex Soper.

Quinlan writes that "was established as a company town. Built in the heart of rich stands of virgin timber, the community--like the lumber company--was geared to last just ten years. Take the timber off the lands and scoot--that was the philosophy of those years." They had 40,000 acres to choose from and felled "wonderful stands" of ash, birch, butternut, cherry, elm, hard maple, and hemlock,

The Soper brothers may have intended to do the same, but, says Quninlan, "they erred in its projected lifetime. It raced with profit through its expected lifetime of ten years--and then remained almost another thirty years." Quinlan details the

The railroad served timber harvesting operations on a 12-mile (19.3 km) road in this area for 25 years before being relocated to Long Lake in Florence county. Much of the MBSLC's land was later sold to the Federal Government "at deflated prices" as it established the Nicolet National Forest.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID15050
RailroadWabeno, Otter Lake & Eastern
Number in Class1
Road Numbers101
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase 9.50'
Engine Wheelbase25.75'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.37
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)48.75'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers88000 lbs
Engine Weight120000 lbs
Tender Light Weight80900 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight200900 lbs
Tender Water Capacity3600 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)6 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)49 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter43"
Boiler Pressure180 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)17" x 22"
Tractive Effort22623 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.89
Heating Ability
Firebox Area112 sq. ft
Grate Area21.10 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface1450 sq. ft
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface1450 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume250.88
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation3798
Same as above plus superheater percentage3798
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area20160
Power L14486
Power MT337.16

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