H H McGee 0-4-2 Locomotives in the USA


Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Logger 1 (Locobase 16477)

Data from "Details of Locomotives at the World's Columbian Exposition - Third Article", Railroad Gazette, Volume 25 (24 November 1893), pp. 848-849 and 851. See also on the estimable Mississippi Rails website at [], last accessed 3 February 2020. (Thanks to Chris Hohl for his 13 January 2020 email and well-drafted spreadsheet, the latter noting the absence of this locomotive from Locobase and providing detailed data and source information.) Works number was 1426 in November 1892.

After its appearance at the 1893 Exposition in Chicago, this little saddle-tank served no fewer than four lumber companies.

Mississippi Rails' entry conveniently summarizes the conveyances:

Baird Lumber Co. #1, Mobile, AL, in 8/1894,

Holmes Lumber Co. #1, Finchburg, AL, in 6/1902.

Flat Creek Mill Co. #1, Finchburg, AL, on 3/31/1906.

Louisell Lumber Co. #1, Richardson, MS, on 11/8/1909, and

Cybur Lumber Co. #1, Cybur, MS, in 4/8/1912.

Locobase thinks of two likely reasons for its persistent peregrination: 1) It was only satisfactory for a short time, or 2) it was just the right size for small outfits. H H McGee

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Middle Run Media

ClassLogger 1
Locobase ID16477
RailroadH H McGee
CountryUSA
Whyte0-4-2ST
Number in Class1
Road Numbers1/5
Gauge3'
Number Built1
BuilderPorter
Year1892
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m) 4.50 / 1.37
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)12.21 / 3.72
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.37
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)12.21 / 3.72
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)21,000 / 9525
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)28,000 / 12,701
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)28,000
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)400 / 1.52
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT) 0.60 / 1
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)18 / 9
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)30 / 762
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)140 / 9.70
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)9" x 14" / 229x356
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)4498 / 2040.26
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.67
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)66 - 1.75" / 44
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 7.33 / 2.23
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)36 / 3.34
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 6.73 / 0.63
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)256 / 23.78
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)256 / 23.78
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume248.54
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation942
Same as above plus superheater percentage942
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area5040
Power L12963
Power MT622.12

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