Stanley, Merrill & Phillips 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 9 (Locobase 13207)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 31, p.81. See also, last accessed 25 September 2011. Works number was 32170 in November 1907.

Northwestern Lumber Company in Taylor County in north central Wisconsin leased the SM & P in 1893 and used the line to bring logs to Stanley, Wisc; the line connected Stanley with Hannibal about 40 miles away.

The Chippewa County Historical Society

Historic Sign #13 notes the following about this little road:

"Passenger service first took lumbermen back and fourth to the clogging camps. Farmers in the area used it for transportation to and from town and for delivery of supplies. In 1909, a gasoline "streetcar" was added to the rail system. The railroad was known for its excursions to points north bringing passengers to parties, dances, hunting camps and picnics. In 1913, the railroad had a total of 276 freight and passenger cars. The railroad came to an end in 1933 after passenger numbers declined from thousands in its booming years to just 33 in 1932."

The marker adds a bit of color: "The S.M. & P Railroad was also affectionately called "Slow, Motion, and Poverty" and "Soup, Meat, and Potatoes".

The Wisconsin Central bought the 9 in April 1923 on behalf of Medford Lumber of Medford, Wisc.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13,207
RailroadStanley, Merrill & Phillips
Number in Class1
Road Numbers9
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft)13.67
Engine Wheelbase (ft)21.33
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.64
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)50.21
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)
Weight on Drivers (lbs)115,000
Engine Weight (lbs)130,000
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)100,000
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)230,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals)5000
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)48
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in)50
Boiler Pressure (psi)180
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)19" x 24"
Tractive Effort (lbs)26,512
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.34
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft)147
Grate Area (sq ft)23.80
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)1713
Superheating Surface (sq ft)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)1713
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume217.50
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation4284
Same as above plus superheater percentage4284
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area26,460
Power L14662
Power MT357.49