This northern Minnesota railroad was built by Alger Smith lumber and opened in 1898 to exploit the Knife River stands of timber. It gradually extended throughout the region and incidentally offered access to terrific trout fishing, which the D & NM served with occasional excursion trips.
By 1921, however, the Gunnysack Line (named for the food deliveries to logging camps) had reached 99.25 miles from Knife River and was sold to a Mr R Waldron who planned to extend it to Fort William, Ontario. That extension never happened and the rails were pulled up on the northern section.
10 was sold to John H Kaiser Lumber Company of Winter, Wisc before 1915. JHK sold the engine to New Dells Lumber, which operated it on the Delco & Northern for about 20 years before selling the 10 in 1936 to the Dells Pulp & Paper Company .
The 11 and 3 remained with the D&NM until it closed when they went over to the Escanaba & Lake Superior where they were renumbered 16 and 15 respectively. The E & LS sold the engines to the Nahma & Northern.
When the 12 left the D&NM, it went to the Houghton, Chassell & Southwestern in Michigan as their #2. From there, the 2 was sold to the Ontonagon In 1929, the ORR sold the 2 to the EH Wilson Lumber Company.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Duluth & Northern Minnesota|
|Number in Class||4|
|Road Numbers||10-12, 3 (2nd)|
|Builder||Burnham, Williams & Co|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.52|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||52.25'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||100000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||124000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||100000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||224000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||5000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||56 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||160 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||19" x 26"|
|Tractive Effort||22795 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.39|
|Firebox Area||146 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||25 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1657 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1657 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||194.21|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||4000|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||4000|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||23360|