2-6-2 "Prairie" Type Locomotives

In 1885 six locomotives with a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement were built by Baldwin for New Zealand Railways. In October 1898 Baldwin built a 2-6-2 for the McCloud River Railroad. In 1900 Brooks built several of this type Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. They were planned to be used on the mid-western prairies. However, they did not find favor with the Class I railroads. Only 1500 Prairies were built with many of them destined for short lines.

USA and Canadian Railroads that used 2-6-2 "Prairie" Type Locomotives

Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean Railroads that used 2-6-2 "Prairie" Type Locomotives

Surviving Examples of 2-6-2 "Prairie" Type Locomotives

No.ClassF.M. WhyteGaugeRailroad LineLocationStatusBuilder InformationNotes
22-6-24'-8½"Yakutat & Southern Y&S RoW near school, Yakutat, AKdisplayLima #1057, 1907 awaiting restoration
72-6-24'-8½"Long Leaf Lumber (VF&W) Reader Railroad, Reader, ARstored serviceableBurnham, Williams #31063, 1907
4 (22)2-6-24'-8½"WTCarter Lumber Reader Railroad, Reader, ARstored serviceableBaldwin #40958, 1913 from Reader Railroad, later leased to Orlando & Mount Dora, FL
72-6-215"Redwood Valley Railway Redwood Valley Railway, Berkeley, CAoperational
7 (8)2-6-24'-8½"Amador Central (MCR) Police Department Park, Main St, Ione, CAdisplayBurnham, Williams #1895, 1901
7 (13)2-6-24'-8½"S&F (DV&RL) Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles, CAdisplayALCO (Dickson) #26264, 12/1902
22-6-218"BJWRR (Venice Miniature Railway) Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos, CAoperationalJohnson Machine Works (Los Angeles), 1905
52-6-236"Argent LumberNevada County Traction Company, Nevada City, CAoperationalLima #1116, 1910 For sale
2 (107)2-6-24'-8½"Ventura Co. Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris, CAoperationalBaldwin #55415, 1922
22-6-2T4'-8½"SV&E Shasta Cascade Rail Preservation Society, Redding, CAdisplayBaldwin #32651, 1908 from Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City, NV
101010002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CAstoredBaldwin (Burnham) #19630, 1901Scott Special
1903 (233)2-6-2T4'-8½"SP (Central Pacific) California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CAstoredCP (Sacramento), 01/1882from the Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol
292-6-24'-8½"Pacific Lumber Timber Heritage Association, Samoa, CAstoredBaldwin #34484, 1910from Eureka, then Timber Heritage Association, Glendale
32-6-24'-8½"ST&E Timber Heritage Association, Samoa, CAstoredBaldwin #55248, 01/1922From CSRM
3 (1)2-6-236"Laurel Valley Plantation (Barker & LePine) Pacific Coast Railroad, Santa Margarita, CAprivateH.K. Porter #1790, 1897 Named Melodia, from Space City USA then Carowinds Amusement Park, Charlotte. Converted from an 0-6-2RT to 2-6-2.
32-6-2T4'-8½"Robert Dollar Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CAoperationalALCO (Schenectady) #67544, 11/1927traded to PLA from Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista Jct
22-6-2T4'-8½"Quincy RR Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CAoperationalALCO, 1924
302-6-24'-8½"Sierra Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CAfuture restorationBaldwin #55412, 05/1922
142-6-2T4'-8½"CA Western Roots of Motive Power, Willits, CArestorationBaldwin #58050, 1924from Fort Bragg
72-6-2T4'-8½"Port of Olympia Roots of Motive Power, Willits, CAprivate operationalBaldwin #1910, 34666restored at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
102410142-6-24'-8½"AT&SF West First Street Park, La Junta, COdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #19684, 1901
181918002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF behind Amtrak depot, Lamar, COdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #29425, 1906
1032-6-24'-8½"Sumter & ChoctawNaugatuck Railroad, Waterville, CTdisplayBaldwin #58754, 1925 From The Valley Railroad in Essex
22-6-24'-8½"Taylor City LumberManatee Historical Village, Bradenton, FLdisplayBaldwin #40861, 1913
1002-6-24'-8½"FSMAlger-Sullivan Historical Society, Century, FLrestorationBaldwin #52261, 1919 from Whitewater Valley Railroad
1042-6-24'-8½"WW Cummer & Sons Cypress Herlong Park, Leesburg, FLdisplayBaldwin #53141, 1920
22-6-24'-8½"Lee Tidewater Cypress Co (Barfield Lumber)Collier County Museum, Naples, FLdisplayBaldwin #53177, 05/1920Named The Deuce
112-6-24'-8½"St Joe Lumber & Exp The Centennial Bldg, Port St. Joe, FLdisplayBaldwin #45365, 1917
72-6-24'-8½"Brooks Scanlon Pioneer Park Museum, Zolfo Springs, FLdisplayBaldwin #41650, 1914May be returning to Wauchula?
19022-6-2ST24"USATC National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning, GAdisplayDavenport #1682, 1918
12-6-24'-8½"LA Cypress Lumber Co. Roosevelt Railroad Museum, Griffin, GAprivateH.K. Porter #6663, 1921owned by Warren Frye
122-6-236"Kahului RR Midwest Central Railroad, Mt Pleasant, IAoperationalBaldwin #60690, 1928 From Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, ID, then Georgetown, CO
72-6-236"Eureka Nevada Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, IDoperationalH.K. Porter #5724, 1915
92-6-2T4'-8½"Coronet Phosphate Illinois Railway Museum, Union, ILdisplayH.K. Porter #6992, 1925From Thompson Winery, Monee
1012-6-24'-8½"Tuskegee Illinois Railway Museum, Union, ILrestorationBaldwin #58057, 1924
107910502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Walter Johnson Memorial Park, Coffeyville, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20375, 1902
113910502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Boot Hill Museum and Front Street, Dodge City, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #21506, 1903 Displayed with builder plate (21617) from 1144.
101510142-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Fremont Park, Emporia, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #19642, 1901
105010502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Independence Riverside Park, Independence, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20132, 1902
107310502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Watson Park, Lawrence, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20333, 1902
188018002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Military Park, Newton, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #31460, 1907
103510142-6-24'-8½"AT&SFKaw River, Topeka, KSsunkBaldwin #19764, 1901
106710502-6-24'-8½"AT&SFSellers Park, Wellington, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20268, 1902
112-6-24'-8½"Reader (Caddo & Choctaw) Riney-B Park, Nicholasville, KYdisplayBaldwin #58194, 01/1925 operated until 1993
114010502-6-24'-8½"Southern Pine Lumber (AT&SF) Louisiana National Guard Camp Minden, Doyline, LAstoredBaldwin, 1902 from Shreveport
32-6-24'-8½"Arkansas, Louisiana & Missouri (Brown Paper Mill) Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, Monroe, LAdisplayBaldwin #60295, 12/1927from Graphic Packaging, West Monroe
2502-6-24'-8½"Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern Edaville USA, South Carver, MAdisplayBaldwin #59239, 5/1926from WK&S, then Hobo RR, Lincoln, then Concord, NH
9022-6-215"House of David, Benton Harbor, MIdisplayHouse of David
52-6-24'-8½"Nahma&No RROld Mill, Nahma, MIdisplayBaldwin #38846, 1912
9032-6-215"House of David, St. Joseph, MIrestorationHouse of David
62-6-24'-8½"CICJohn Larkin, Wells, MIrestorationBaldwin
52-6-2T4'-8½"Coronet Phosphate Minnesota & Western Railroad Museum, Annandale, MNdisplayH.K. Porter #4874, 1911 Going to Colfax Railroad Museum, Colfax, WI
2435T2-6-24'-8½"NP Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, MNdisplayALCO (Brooks) #42250, 1907
52-6-24'-8½"Calcasieu Paper Ameristar Casino, North Kansas City, MOdisplayBaldwin #38219, 1912
1102-6-24'-8½"Cliffside (Swamp Rabbit) New Hope Valley Railway, Bonsal, NCrestorationVulcan Iron Works (Wilkes-Barre) #3738, 07/1927From Stone Mountain where is was named Yonah II
1A-C-A2-6-218"TNR John Blue Complex, Laurinburg, NCoperationalFrom Swetsville Zoo, Timnath, CO
182-6-24'-8½"FL&ALFremont & Elkhorn Valley RR, Fremont, NErestorationBaldwinfrom Pellgas Propane Co., Atlantic, IA
262-6-236"SS&S NJ Museum of Transportation, Farmingdale, NJdisplayBaldwin #53796, 1920
112910502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Highway 329 & Grand Ave., Las Vegas, NMdisplayBaldwin #21306, 1902
82-6-24'-8½"Feather River Art Wilson Co., Mound House, NVstored operationalBaldwin #32160, 11/1907from V&T Railroad then Gold Hill
29682-6-224"Byron RR Railstar, Black Clawson, Watertown, NYstoredDavenport from Monroe, WA
12-6-224"Rome & Fort Bull Railroad Railstar, Black Clawson, Watertown, NYstoredNolan from Erie Canal Village, Rome, NY
9012-6-215" NWORRP, Findlay, OHoperationalHouse of David, 1948
42-6-236"WP&Y Dry Gulch USA, Adair, OKoperationalBaldwin #37564, 1912 from Petticoat Junction Railroad, later El Reno, OK, For sale
110810502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Hardy Murphy Coliseum, Ardmore, OKdisplayBaldwin #20691, 1903
109610502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Beatty Rogers Park, Blackwell, OKdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20579, 1903
2072-6-24'-8½"DFI Tulsa Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OKdisplayBaldwin #45549, 05/1917
252-6-24'-8½"MCROregon Coast Scenic Railroad, Garibaldi, ORoperationalALCO (Schenectady) #66435, 1925From McCloud Railway Co., McCloud, CA
2052-6-24'-8½"SMVenginehouse, Independence, ORrestoration, storedBaldwin #57613, 1924info & photo Tender is from SMV 100
1042-6-2T4'-8½"ORAMLumber Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredFred Kepner collection
12-6-2T4'-8½"OP&E Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredFred Kepner collection
1052-6-24'-8½"VSP&SSRR Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredFred Kepner collection
42-6-24'-8½"Long Bell Lumber Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredfrom Gene Autry, Melody Ranch, Newhall, CA, Fred Kepner collection
1002-6-24'-8½"Weyerhaeuser Central Park, Sutherlin, ORdisplayCooke #62965, 1921photo & info
452-6-24'-8½"Rayonier (Polson Logging) Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook, ORrestorationBaldwin #27311, 01/1906From Mineral, WA
112-6-24'-8½"Everett Railroad (Morehead & North Fork) H&BT Depot, Everett, PArestorationBaldwin #33333, 04/1909 from Williams Grove Amusement Park, Dillsburg
42-6-24'-8½"Cypress Lumber (Lee Tidewater Cypress Co) WK&S Railroad, Kempton, PArestorationBaldwin #41652, 1914From Monee, IL then Hardin Southern Railroad, Hardin, KY
12-6-24'-8½"Brooks Scanlon Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, PAdisplayBaldwin #41649, 1914
7862-6-214"TMRJimmie Thomas Miniature Railroad, Cheraw, SCdisplay1940s
72-6-24'-8½"Prescott & Northwestern (Caddo & Choctaw) Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SDoperationalBaldwin #51771, 1919
1042-6-2T4'-8½"PT Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SDoperationalBaldwin #59137, 1926
1032-6-2T4'-8½"PT Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SDstoredBaldwin #55482, 1922 used as parts supply for 104
294 (47)2-6-24'-8½"Republic Steel (River Terminal) Lynnville Railroad Museum, Lynnville, TNdisplayBaldwin #59760, 1927
108010502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Santa Fe Depot, Brownwood, TXdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20376, 1902
12-6-24'-8½"WBT&S Galveston Railroad Museum, Galveston, TXdisplayBaldwin #53413, 1920
50NGG132-6-2+2-6-224"SARBucher Estate, Hempstead, TXprivate operationalHanomag (Hannover-Linden) #10598, 1928
180918002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF W Lubbock & S 8th, Slaton, TXdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #29281, 1906
52-6-24'-8½"Rosco Snyder & Pacific Scurry County Coliseum, Snyder, TXdisplayBaldwin #52918, 1920
1082-6-24'-8½"A&NRBlacklands Railroad, Church St., Sulphur Springs, TXrestorationBaldwin, 1920from Reader, AR later North Conway, NH
961ton2-6-2T4'-8½"GPWynoochee River Gorge, Grisdale, WAsunkBaldwin #57709, 1924
62-6-24'-8½"SRR east of N Cascades National Park, Hwy20, Newhalem, WAdisplayBaldwin #60440, 1928
92-6-24'-8½"Amador Central (MCR) National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WIoperationalfrom the Kettle Moraine Railway
42-6-24'-8½"Fairch & NE Laona & Northern, Laona, WIoperationalVulcan Iron Works (Wilkes-Barre) #2535, 1916
162-6-24'-8½"Lee Tidewater Cypress CoMidwest Locomotive & Machine Works, North Lake, WIdisplayBaldwin #51871, 1919ceased operations Oct, 2001
7542-6-24'-8½"CH-P CH-P depot, Chihuahua, CHHdisplayALCO (Schenectady) #50357, 1911
1052-6-2TCompania Carbonifera de Sabinasfairgrounds, Sabinas, COAdisplayALCO (Brooks) #44442, 1907 named Leonor
7 (68)2-6-24'-8½"Mexicano del Pacifico (Calcasieu Long Leaf Lumber) sugar mill, Los Mochis, SINdisplayBaldwin #54077, 1920 Last (1994) common carrier steam freight locomotive in North America. To be displayed downtown.
6 (21)2-6-24'-8½"Mexicano del Pacifico (CA Western) sugar mill, Los Mochis, SINdisplayBaldwin #53277, 1920 Built with Vanderbilt tender.
122-6-2T4'-8½"Cananea Consolidated Copper Cananea Consolidated Copper Mine, Cananea, SONdisplayH.K. Porter #31854, 1906 Unsure of exact location
72-6-2T36"Cananea Consolidated Copper Cananea Consolidated Copper Mine, Cananea, SONstoredALCO (Schenectady) #30317, 01/1905 Unsure of exact location
82-6-2T36"Cananea Consolidated Copper Transportation Museum, Jalapa, VERdisplayALCO (Dickson) #29719, 07/1906
52-6-2ST30"Ingenio San Pedro (La Torre y Tepetongo) San Francisco El Naranjal Mill, Lerdo de Tejada, VERscrappedBaldwin #14799, 04/1896 Built as 2 foot gauge. Scrapped in early 2000s
42-6-2ST30"Ingenio San Pedro (FC Cazadero y San Pablo) San Francisco El Naranjal Mill, Lerdo de Tejada, VERdisplayBaldwin #14798, 04/1896 Built as 2 foot gauge
10760ton2-6-24'-8½"Calcasieu Paper Ft. Edmonton Hist Assn, Edmonton, ABoperationalBaldwin #52255, 1919
1122-6-2T4'-8½"Canadian Forest ProductsBeaver Cove, BCdisplayBaldwin #56323, 1923
10442-6-2T4'-8½"M-B Chemainus Rd, Chemainus, BCdisplayH.K. Porter #6877, 1924
22-6-24'-8½"Comox Logging Co Chamber of Commerce, Courtenay, BCdisplayBaldwin #34921, 07/1910Named The Deuce
10772-6-24'-8½"M-BFort Steele Heritage Town, Ft Steele, BCoperationalMontreal Locomotive Works #65377, 1923
692-6-24'-8½"Calcasieu Long Leaf Lumber 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town & Round House, Revelstoke, BCdisplayBaldwin #41562, 1914 From Sedgewick, AB
22-6-2ST4'-8½"Pacific Great Eastern West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish, BCdisplayBaldwin #34270, 1910
12-6-2T4'-8½"Boyne City Lumbernorth of Hwy 7-8, east road 110, Stratford, ONrestoration, privateALCO (Cooke) #63534, 1922From Kansas City, MO