E P Burton Lumber Company 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 6 (Locobase 14283)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 52, p. 298. See also "Logging locomotive water siphon system?" thread that opened on24 September 2010 on the Railway Preservation News forum at [], last accessed 17 May 2022. (Thanks to Chris Hohl for his 1 December 2021 email noting the tender's wood fuel capacity.) Works number was 41802 in November 1914.

E P Burton Lumber Company was formed in 1901 to exploit timber reserves in North Charleston, SC, as one of the first industries in the area. (Very soon thereafter, the US Navy began work on the Charleston Navy Yard.)

The 6 was delivered as a wood-burning logging Prairie produced to a pattern used by many lumber companies in the Southeast. Fuel capacity originally listed as 3 cords, but even then the company foresaw converting the engine to coal burning.

Locobase likes to include specification notes that add to the image one might have of the working life of a locomotive. Here the note refers to water management: "Apply syphon under cab board on left side with 25 ft of suction hose. Syphon to be arranged also as an ejector ...[to] discharge water from tank, always leaving a supply of 8" in the tank, with 25 ft of delivery hose, this for the purpose of supplying water to a skidder tank."

The ejector gained its power from a steam line, but only to propel the water into a tank as indicated in the quote.

It rolled on 40 lb/yard (20 kg/metre) rail over a 20-mile (32 km) line.

After its time with EP Burton, the 6 would serve three more logging companies: German Land and Lumber, Limestone, and Dowling & Camp.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Locobase ID14283
RailroadE P Burton Lumber Company
Number in Class1
Road Numbers6
Number Built1
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)8 / 2.44
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)22.75 / 6.93
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheelbase 0.35
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)46.08 / 14.05
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)56,400 / 24,948
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)76,400 / 34,927
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)60,000 / 27,216
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)136,400 / 62,143
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)3000 / 11.36
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / Liters/MT) / 5
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)31 / 15.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)42 / 1118
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)170 / 11
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)13" x 22" / 330x559
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)12,792 / 5802.36
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.41
Heating Ability
Tubes (number - dia) (in / mm)116 - 2" / 51
Flues (number - dia) (in / mm)
Flue/Tube length (ft / m)11.50 / 3.51
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)74 / 6.87
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)13.30 / 1.24
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)767 / 71.26
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)767 / 71.26
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume226.92
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation2261
Same as above plus superheater percentage2261
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area12,580
Power L14003
Power MT469.42

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