Mengel Box Company 0-4-2 Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Col. C C Mengel (Locobase 13180)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 30. See also "Ohio and Kentucky - News from the Box Men of Cleveland, Cincinnati & Louisville - A Lively Trade Doing," The Packages, Volume 6, No 9 (September 1903), pp. 36-37. Works number was 31852 in October 1907.

The Mengel Box Company was one of the largest such companies in the South at the turn into the 20th Century. The Packages report tells of greatly improved business over the previous few months, the opening of veneer plant at Hickman and a new saw mill at Band Mill near Dyersburg, Ky. Of most interest to Locobase, however, was the assertion that it took 10,000 trees per year (at 600 feet to the tree) to supply the Mengel Company.

Helping to haul those trees out of the forest would have been the CC Mengel's job.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

ClassCol. C C Mengel
Locobase ID13180
RailroadMengel Box Company
Number in Class1
Road Numbers
Number Built1
BuilderBurnham, Williams & Co
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)5 / 1.52
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)10 / 3.05
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.50
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)10 / 3.05
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)24,500 / 11,113
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)26,500 / 12,020
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)26,500
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)300 / 1.14
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)20 / 10
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)33 / 838
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)160 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)9" x 14" / 229x356
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)4673 / 2119.64
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.24
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)60 - 1.75" / 44
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m) 7.62 / 2.32
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)22.90 / 2.13
Grate Area (sq ft / m2) 8.20 / 0.76
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)230 / 21.38
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)230 / 21.38
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume223.30
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation1312
Same as above plus superheater percentage1312
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area3664
Power L12943
Power MT529.65

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