Aberdeen & Rockfish 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA

The Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad was incorporated in 1892 and eventually ran from Aberdeen, NC through Raeford, NC and on to Fayetteville, NC. In the mid 1920s, Fort Bragg in North Carolina began to expand and as a result the A&R became very busy delivering materials for the expansion of the Army post. With the continuous press of business the short line railroad increased its motive power through purchases of second hand "Mikado" type locomotives, with two coming in 1929, one in 1935 and the last coming in 1941. This small railroad did a huge job during World War II moving material and troops in and out of Fort Bragg.

There is one surviving Aberdeen & Rockfish 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives. It is number 40, which is operational on the Valley Railroad. Number 40 had 48" drivers and 20" x 28" cylinders.


Qty.Road NumberYear BuiltFrom Other RRYear AcquiredBuilderNotes
1301921Sewell Valley1929BaldwinNumber 30 was Sewell Valley #8. Acquired in 1929 and sold in 1949 to Elk River Coal & Lumber Company.
1351922Sewell Valley1929BaldwinNumber 35 was Sewell Valley #10. Acquired in 1929 and sold in 1948 for scrap.
1401920Minaret & Western1935ALCONumber 40 was Portland, Astoria & Pacific #100 was Minaret & Western #101. Acquired in 1935 and sold to the Valley Railroad in 1977.
1501918Kanawha, Glen J. & E.1941BaldwinNumber 50 was Kanawha, Glen Jean & Eastern #302. Acquired in 1941 and scrapped in 1947.
Specifications by Richard Duley
Wheel Arrangement:2-8-2
Drivers:48" dia.
Weight on Drivers:128,000 lbs
Total Locomotive Weight:174,000 lbs.
Locomotive & Tender Weight:278,000 lbs.
Grate Area:43.3 sq. ft.
Cylinders (dia. x stroke):(2) 20" x 28"
Boiler Pressure:180 psi
Tractive Effort:35,700 lbs.
Tender Capacity:
Water:5,000 gals.
Oil:1,000 gals.
Note: at some point locomotive number 40's boiler pressure was lowered to 160 psi, which resulted in a tractive effort of 35,700 pounds and the locomotive was converted so it could burn coal. The tender was changed so it could carry 8 tons of coal.
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