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. Class F.M. Whyte Gauge Railroad Line Location Status Builder Information Notes
2 2-6-2 4'-8½" Yakutat & Southern Y&S RoW near school, Yakutat, AK display Lima #1057, 1907 awaiting restoration
7 2-6-2 4'-8½" Long Leaf Lumber (VF&W) Reader Railroad, Reader, AR stored serviceable Burnham, Williams #31063, 1907
4 (22) 2-6-2 4'-8½" WTCarter Lumber Reader Railroad, Reader, AR stored serviceable Baldwin #40958, 1913 from Reader Railroad, later leased to Orlando & Mount Dora, FL
7 2-6-2 15" Redwood Valley Railway Redwood Valley Railway, Berkeley, CA operational
7 (8) 2-6-2 4'-8½" Amador Central (MCR) Police Department Park, Main St, Ione, CA display Burnham, Williams #1895, 1901
7 (13) 2-6-2 4'-8½" S&F (DV&RL) Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles, CA display ALCO (Dickson) #26264, 12/1902
2 2-6-2 18" BJWRR (Venice Miniature Railway) Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos, CA operational Johnson Machine Works (Los Angeles), 1905
5 2-6-2 36" Argent Lumber Nevada County Traction Company, Nevada City, CA operational Lima #1116, 1910 For sale
2 (107) 2-6-2 4'-8½" Ventura Co. Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris, CA operational Baldwin #55415, 1922
2 2-6-2T 4'-8½" SV&E Shasta Cascade Rail Preservation Society, Redding, CA display Baldwin #32651, 1908 from Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City, NV
1903 (233) 2-6-2T 4'-8½" SP (Central Pacific) California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA stored CP (Sacramento), 01/1882 from the Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol
1010 1000 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA stored Baldwin (Burnham) #19630, 1901 Scott Special
29 2-6-2 4'-8½" Pacific Lumber Timber Heritage Association, Samoa, CA stored Baldwin #34484, 1910 from Eureka, then Timber Heritage Association, Glendale
3 2-6-2 4'-8½" ST&E Timber Heritage Association, Samoa, CA stored Baldwin #55248, 01/1922 From CSRM
3 (1) 2-6-2 36" Laurel Valley Plantation (Barker & LePine) Pacific Coast Railroad, Santa Margarita, CA private H.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.
30 2-6-2 4'-8½" Sierra Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CA future restoration Baldwin #55412, 05/1922
3 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Robert Dollar Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CA operational ALCO (Schenectady) #67544, 11/1927 traded to PLA from Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista Jct
2 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Quincy RR Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CA operational ALCO, 1924
14 2-6-2T 4'-8½" CA Western Roots of Motive Power, Willits, CA restoration Baldwin #58050, 1924 from Fort Bragg
7 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Port of Olympia Roots of Motive Power, Willits, CA private operational Baldwin #34666, 1910 restored at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
1024 1014 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF West First Street Park, La Junta, CO display Baldwin (Burnham) #19684, 1901
1819 1800 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF behind Amtrak depot, Lamar, CO display Baldwin (Burnham) #29425, 1906
103 2-6-2 4'-8½" Sumter & Choctaw Naugatuck Railroad, Waterville, CT display Baldwin #58754, 1925 From The Valley Railroad in Essex
2 2-6-2 4'-8½" Taylor City Lumber Manatee Historical Village, Bradenton, FL display Baldwin #40861, 1913
100 2-6-2 4'-8½" FSM Alger-Sullivan Historical Society, Century, FL restoration Baldwin #52261, 1919 from Whitewater Valley Railroad
104 2-6-2 4'-8½" WW Cummer & Sons Cypress Herlong Park, Leesburg, FL display Baldwin #53141, 1920
2 2-6-2 4'-8½" Lee Tidewater Cypress Co (Barfield Lumber) Collier County Museum, Naples, FL display Baldwin #53177, 05/1920 Named The Deuce
11 2-6-2 4'-8½" St Joe Lumber & Exp The Centennial Bldg, Port St. Joe, FL display Baldwin #45365, 1917
7 2-6-2 4'-8½" Brooks Scanlon Pioneer Park Museum, Zolfo Springs, FL display Baldwin #41650, 1914 May be returning to Wauchula?
1902 2-6-2ST 24" USATC National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning, GA display Davenport #1682, 1918
1 2-6-2 4'-8½" LA Cypress Lumber Co. Roosevelt Railroad Museum, Griffin, GA private H.K. Porter #6663, 1921 owned by Warren Frye
12 2-6-2 36" Kahului RR Midwest Central Railroad, Mt Pleasant, IA operational Baldwin #60690, 1928 From Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, ID, then Georgetown, CO
7 2-6-2 36" Eureka Nevada Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, ID operational H.K. Porter #5724, 1915
101 2-6-2 4'-8½" Tuskegee Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL restoration Baldwin #58057, 1924
9 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Coronet Phosphate Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL display H.K. Porter #6992, 1925 From Thompson Winery, Monee
1079 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Walter Johnson Memorial Park, Coffeyville, KS display Baldwin (Burnham) #20375, 1902
1139 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Boot Hill Museum and Front Street, Dodge City, KS display Baldwin (Burnham) #21506, 1903 Displayed with builder plate (21617) from 1144.
1015 1014 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Fremont Park, Emporia, KS display Baldwin (Burnham) #19642, 1901
1050 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Independence Riverside Park, Independence, KS display Baldwin (Burnham) #20132, 1902
1073 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Watson Park, Lawrence, KS display Baldwin (Burnham) #20333, 1902
1880 1800 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Military Park, Newton, KS display Baldwin (Burnham) #31460, 1907
1035 1014 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Kaw River, Topeka, KS sunk Baldwin #19764, 1901
1067 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Sellers Park, Wellington, KS display Baldwin (Burnham) #20268, 1902
11 2-6-2 4'-8½" Reader (Caddo & Choctaw) Riney-B Park, Nicholasville, KY display Baldwin #58194, 01/1925 operated until 1993
1140 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" Southern Pine Lumber (AT&SF) Louisiana National Guard Camp Minden, Doyline, LA stored Baldwin, 1902 from Shreveport
3 2-6-2 4'-8½" Arkansas, Louisiana & Missouri (Brown Paper Mill) Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, Monroe, LA display Baldwin #60295, 12/1927 from Graphic Packaging, West Monroe
250 2-6-2 4'-8½" Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern Edaville USA, South Carver, MA display Baldwin #59239, 5/1926 from WK&S, then Hobo RR, Lincoln, then Concord, NH
902 2-6-2 15" Eden Springs Park, Benton Harbor, MI private stored House of David Stored off site
903 2-6-2 15" Eden Springs Park, Benton Harbor, MI stored private House of David Stored off site
5 2-6-2 4'-8½" Nahma&No RR Old Mill, Nahma, MI display Baldwin #38846, 1912
6 2-6-2 4'-8½" CIC John Larkin, Wells, MI restoration Baldwin
5 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Coronet Phosphate Minnesota & Western Railroad Museum, Annandale, MN display H.K. Porter #4874, 1911 Going to Colfax Railroad Museum, Colfax, WI
2435 T 2-6-2 4'-8½" NP Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, MN display ALCO (Brooks) #42250, 1907
5 2-6-2 4'-8½" Calcasieu Paper Ameristar Casino, North Kansas City, MO display Baldwin #38219, 1912
110 2-6-2 4'-8½" Cliffside (Swamp Rabbit) New Hope Valley Railway, Bonsal, NC restoration Vulcan Iron Works (Wilkes-Barre) #3738, 07/1927 From Stone Mountain where is was named Yonah II
1 A-C-A 2-6-2 18" TNR John Blue Complex, Laurinburg, NC operational From Swetsville Zoo, Timnath, CO
18 2-6-2 4'-8½" FL&AL Fremont & Elkhorn Valley RR, Fremont, NE restoration Baldwin from Pellgas Propane Co., Atlantic, IA
26 2-6-2 36" SS&S NJ Museum of Transportation, Farmingdale, NJ display Baldwin #53796, 1920
1129 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Highway 329 & Grand Ave., Las Vegas, NM display Baldwin #21306, 1902
8 2-6-2 4'-8½" Feather River Art Wilson Co., Mound House, NV stored operational Baldwin #32160, 11/1907 from V&T Railroad then Gold Hill
1 2-6-2 24" Rome & Fort Bull Railroad Railstar, Black Clawson, Watertown, NY stored Nolan from Erie Canal Village, Rome, NY
2968 2-6-2 24" Byron RR Railstar, Black Clawson, Watertown, NY stored Davenport Rebuilt in Creston, IA by Byron Hiatt, from Monroe, WA
901 2-6-2 15" NWORRP, Findlay, OH operational House of David, 1948
4 2-6-2 36" WP&Y Dry Gulch USA, Adair, OK operational Baldwin #37564, 1912 from Petticoat Junction Railroad, later El Reno, OK, For sale
1108 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Hardy Murphy Coliseum, Ardmore, OK display Baldwin #20691, 1903
1096 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Beatty Rogers Park, Blackwell, OK display Baldwin (Burnham) #20579, 1903
207 2-6-2 4'-8½" DFI Tulsa Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OK display Baldwin #45549, 05/1917
262 2-6-2 ng Snug Harbor NRHS Oregon Coast Chapter, Coos Bay, OR display Oscar Coffman, 1946 from Malibu, CA then Alton & Pacific, then David Stare
25 2-6-2 4'-8½" MCR Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, Garibaldi, OR operational ALCO (Schenectady) #66435, 1925 From McCloud Railway Co., McCloud, CA
205 2-6-2 4'-8½" SMV enginehouse, Independence, OR restoration, stored Baldwin #57613, 1924 info & photo Tender is from SMV 100
104 2-6-2T 4'-8½" ORAMLumber Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, OR stored Fred Kepner collection
1 2-6-2T 4'-8½" OP&E Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, OR stored Fred Kepner collection
105 2-6-2 4'-8½" VSP&SSRR Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, OR stored Fred Kepner collection
4 2-6-2 4'-8½" Long Bell Lumber Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, OR stored from Gene Autry, Melody Ranch, Newhall, CA, Fred Kepner collection
100 2-6-2 4'-8½" Weyerhaeuser Central Park, Sutherlin, OR display Cooke #62965, 1921 photo & info
45 2-6-2 4'-8½" Rayonier (Polson Logging) Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook, OR restoration Baldwin #27311, 01/1906 From Mineral, WA
11 2-6-2 4'-8½" Everett Railroad (Morehead & North Fork) H&BT Depot, Everett, PA restoration Baldwin #33333, 04/1909 from Williams Grove Amusement Park, Dillsburg
4 2-6-2 4'-8½" Cypress Lumber (Lee Tidewater Cypress Co) WK&S Railroad, Kempton, PA restoration Baldwin #41652, 1914 From Monee, IL then Hardin Southern Railroad, Hardin, KY
1 2-6-2 4'-8½" Brooks Scanlon Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, PA display Baldwin #41649, 1914
786 2-6-2 14" TMR Jimmie Thomas Miniature Railroad, Cheraw, SC display 1940s
103 2-6-2T 4'-8½" PT Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SD stored Baldwin #55482, 1922 used as parts supply for 104
7 2-6-2 4'-8½" Prescott & Northwestern (Caddo & Choctaw) Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SD display Baldwin #51771, 1919
104 2-6-2T 4'-8½" PT Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SD operational Baldwin #59137, 1926
294 (47) 2-6-2 4'-8½" Republic Steel (River Terminal) Lynnville Railroad Museum, Lynnville, TN display Baldwin #59760, 1927
1080 1050 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF Santa Fe Depot, Brownwood, TX display Baldwin (Burnham) #20376, 1902
1 2-6-2 4'-8½" WBT&S Galveston Railroad Museum, Galveston, TX display Baldwin #53413, 1920
50 NGG13 2-6-2+2-6-2 24" SAR Bucher Estate, Hempstead, TX private operational Hanomag (Hannover-Linden) #10598, 1928
1809 1800 2-6-2 4'-8½" AT&SF W Lubbock & S 8th, Slaton, TX display Baldwin (Burnham) #29281, 1906
5 2-6-2 4'-8½" Rosco Snyder & Pacific Scurry County Coliseum, Snyder, TX display Baldwin #52918, 1920
108 2-6-2 4'-8½" A&NR Blacklands Railroad, Church St., Sulphur Springs, TX restoration Baldwin, 1920 from Reader, AR later North Conway, NH
9 61ton 2-6-2T 4'-8½" GP Wynoochee River Gorge, Grisdale, WA sunk Baldwin #57709, 1924
6 2-6-2 4'-8½" SRR east of N Cascades National Park, Hwy20, Newhalem, WA display Baldwin #60440, 1928 Last operated in early 1980s between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete.
9 2-6-2 4'-8½" Amador Central (MCR) National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WI operational from the Kettle Moraine Railway
4 2-6-2 4'-8½" Fairch & NE Laona & Northern, Laona, WI operational Vulcan Iron Works (Wilkes-Barre) #2535, 1916
16 2-6-2 4'-8½" Lee Tidewater Cypress Co Midwest Locomotive & Machine Works, North Lake, WI display Baldwin #51871, 1919 ceased operations Oct, 2001
754 2-6-2 4'-8½" CH-P CH-P depot, Chihuahua, CHH display ALCO (Schenectady) #50357, 1911
105 2-6-2T Compania Carbonifera de Sabinas fairgrounds, Sabinas, COA display ALCO (Brooks) #44442, 1907 named Leonor
7 (68) 2-6-2 4'-8½" Mexicano del Pacifico (Calcasieu Long Leaf Lumber) sugar mill, Los Mochis, SIN display Baldwin #54077, 1920 Last (1994) common carrier steam freight locomotive in North America. To be displayed downtown.
6 (21) 2-6-2 4'-8½" Mexicano del Pacifico (CA Western) sugar mill, Los Mochis, SIN display Baldwin #53277, 1920 Built with Vanderbilt tender.
7 2-6-2T 36" Cananea Consolidated Copper Cananea Consolidated Copper Mine, Cananea, SON stored ALCO (Schenectady) #30317, 01/1905 Unsure of exact location
12 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Cananea Consolidated Copper Cananea Consolidated Copper Mine, Cananea, SON display H.K. Porter #31854, 1906 Unsure of exact location
8 2-6-2T 36" Cananea Consolidated Copper Transportation Museum, Jalapa, VER display ALCO (Dickson) #29719, 07/1906
4 2-6-2ST 30" Ingenio San Pedro (FC Cazadero y San Pablo) San Francisco El Naranjal Mill, Lerdo de Tejada, VER display Baldwin #14798, 04/1896 Built as 2 foot gauge
5 2-6-2ST 30" Ingenio San Pedro (La Torre y Tepetongo) San Francisco El Naranjal Mill, Lerdo de Tejada, VER scrapped Baldwin #14799, 04/1896 Built as 2 foot gauge. Scrapped in early 2000s
107 60ton 2-6-2 4'-8½" Calcasieu Paper Ft. Edmonton Hist Assn, Edmonton, AB operational Baldwin #52255, 1919
112 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Canadian Forest Products siding near Telegraph Cove RD, Beaver Cove, BC display Baldwin #56323, 1923 Going to Port Alberni BC for restoration
1044 2-6-2T 4'-8½" M-B Chemainus Rd, Chemainus, BC display H.K. Porter #6877, 1924
2 2-6-2 4'-8½" Comox Logging Co Chamber of Commerce, Courtenay, BC display Baldwin #34921, 07/1910 Named The Deuce
1077 2-6-2 4'-8½" M-B Fort Steele Heritage Town, Ft Steele, BC operational Montreal Locomotive Works #65377, 1923
69 2-6-2 4'-8½" Calcasieu Long Leaf Lumber 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town & Round House, Revelstoke, BC display Baldwin #41562, 1914 From Sedgewick, AB
2 2-6-2ST 4'-8½" Pacific Great Eastern West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish, BC display Baldwin #34270, 1910
1 2-6-2T 4'-8½" Boyne City Lumber north of Hwy 7-8, east road 110, Stratford, ON restoration, private ALCO (Cooke) #63534, 1922 From Kansas City, MO