Lac La Belle & Calumet 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Lac La Belle (Locobase 11809)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Vol 11, p. 176. Works numbers were 6733 in April 1883, 6749 in May.

Purchased by the Conglomerate Mining Company of Michigan, this pair of Consolidations went to work on the LLB & C. But that was a short-lived line covering 31 miles (49.9 km) between the Mendota and Delaware mines that closed in 1886. [The line would reopen as the Keweenaw Central in 1905; see Locobase 13497]

#1 went over to the Deerfield River of Vermont for a very brief tour, then to the Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington.

#2 stayed in the Copper Range by transferring to the Mineral Range with the name of Hancock and numbered 5. When the MR converted to standard gauge in 1902, the 5 traveled south to the Washburn & Northwestern lumber railroad in Wisconsin's Bayfield County where it operated for 3 years and wore #4.

Then came the move west to Washington State and the White River Lumber company, which bought the 4 in 1905 and retired the locomotive in 1913. But that wasn't the end. 10 years later in 1923, Western Lumber Company of Oregon bought the 4.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
ClassLac La Belle
Locobase ID11,809
RailroadLac La Belle & Calumet
Number in Class2
Road Numbers1-2
Number Built2
BuilderBurnham, Parry, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)11.33
Engine Wheelbase (ft)17.83
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)44,000
Engine Weight (lbs)56,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)
Tender Water Capacity (gals)1500
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)18
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)36
Boiler Pressure (psi)130
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)15" x 18"
Tractive Effort (lbs)12,431
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.54
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)75
Grate Area (sq ft)13.90
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)797
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)797
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume216.48
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1807
Same as above plus superheater percentage1807
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area9750
Power L12483
Power MT497.64

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