Booth Kelly Lumber Company #2


Baldwin Class: 16-28/46-1/4-DD, 4

Type: 2-6-6-2T

Baldwin Code Word, RECTORADO

Tank or tender type: Split Side Tanks

Build date: January 1910

Baldwin Construction Number: 34215

Tractive Force:  37,800 lbs.

General Dimensions:   

Gauge: 4'8.5" (standard gauge)

Cylinders: 17" and 26" x 24"

Valves: Balanced Slide


Type: Straight

Material: Steel

Diameter: 60"

Thickness of Sheets: 5/8"

Working Pressure: 200 lbs.

Fuel: Wood, later oil

Staying: Radial


Material: Steel

Length: 90 3/16"

Width: 42"

Depth: front, 65 3/4"; back, 59 3/4"

Thickness of Sheets: sides, 3/8"; back, 5/16"; crown, 3/8"; tube, 1/2"

Water Space, front, 4"; sides, 3"; back, 3"



Material: Steel

Thickness: No.12 W.G.

Number: 221

Diameter: 2"

Length: 17'0"

Heating Surface

Firebox: 132 sq. ft.

Tubes: 1,957 sq. ft.

Total: 2,089 sq. ft.

Grate Area: 26.3 sq. ft.

Driving Wheels

Diameter Outside: 44"

Diameter of Center: 38"

Journals, main: 7.5" x 8"

Journals, others: 7" x 8"


Engine Truck Wheels

Diameter, front: 24"

Journals: 4.5" x 7.5"

Diameter, back: 26"

Journals: 5" x 8"

Wheel Base

Driving: 23' 8"

Rigid: 8' 0"

Total Engine: 37' 9"


On Driving Wheels: 177,200 lbs.

On Truck, front: 13,950 lbs.

On Truck, back: 14,800 lbs.

Total Engine: 205,950 lbs.

Tank Capacity

Water, 2,000 gals.

Wood, 4 tons.  Later Oil, 1,000 gals. 



Service History:

1910-1945:  Booth Kelly Lumber Company #2.  Wendling, OR.

Disposition after logging service:

1947:  Scrapped, Wendling, OR.


    Built in January 1910, the Booth Kelly Lumber Company's #2 was the first tank-type Mallet built for logging service, and was also the first of Baldwin's more or less standard model 44" driver logging Mallets.  Like most Baldwin Mallets of the period #2 used saturated steam, and all four cylinders had slide valves.  The split side tank design used on #2, and later on Booth-Kelly #6 and the two St. Paul & Tacoma Mallets, was used to accommodate the steam delivery pipes to the high-pressure cylinders.

    Booth-Kelly Lumber Company's logging railroad operated in the area around Wendling, Oregon, northeast of Eugene.  Baldwin's Record No. 68 Mallet Articulated Locomotives notes that Booth-Kelly was operating #2 on fifty-six pound rails with six and one half percent grades and thirty-five degree curves, and #2 could be used on up to nine percent grades.  #2 was successful in service, although it was the only logging Mallet of its type until 1920 when Booth-Kelly #6 was ordered.  In his book A History of the Mohawk Valley and Early Lumbering, Booth-Kelly employee Louis Polley recalls #2 was used as a road engine, and would usually haul about twenty loaded cars to the mill per day.  By the 1940s Booth-Kelly generally used skeleton log cars, although before 1920 flat cars equipped with logs bunks were used.  #2 operated until 1945, when it and Booth-Kelly's other steam locomotives were retired.  The locomotive remained in storage until 1947 when it was scrapped.


-Booth Kelly #2 was the first tank Mallet built for use in North America

-Unknown date, before conversion to oil.  Single-phase air pump added to engineer's side of smokebox.  Originally had single-phase air pump on fireman's side only.

-Unknown date, before conversion to oil: Portion of cab wall between door and second window removed.

-1913, converted from wood to oil firing.  Radley & Hunter stack replaced with straight stack.

-Unknown date: Dynamo added between bell and steam dome, headlights converted to electric power.

-Unknown date: Compound air pumps added to both sides of smokebox.  

-Unknown date: headlight moved from pilot deck to in front of stack.

-Unknown date: Rear light moved from back of fuel bunker to cab roof.



#2 as delivered



Booth-Kelly #2 in service, with Booth-Kelly #6 in background, at Marcola, OR - Martin E. Hansen Collection

Booth-Kelly #2 out of service at Wendling, OR in Dec 1947 - Martin E. Hansen Collection



-1975:  Northwest Short Line of Seattle, WA imported HO scale brass models of #2 as it appeared after modifications.

-1980s: Mantua Metal Products introduced their "Booth-Kelly Logger" variation of their HO scale 2-6-6-2.  It was offered in both kit and ready to run form, usually painted in various freelance schemes, but occasionally offered as Booth-Kelly #2.  An early 1990s version had a Radley & Hunter stack.  Mantua HO scale Booth-Kelly Logger, early 1990s version.


1.  Baldwin Locomotive Works, Record No. 68: Mallet Articulated Locomotives.  Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, PA.  1910

2.  Schmelzer, Ken.  "Logging Mallets: Part 4."  Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette.  May 1976.

3.  LeMassena, Robert A.  Articulated Steam Locomotives of North America.  Sundance Publications, Limited, Silverton, CO.  1979. 

4.  Polley, Louis E., assisted by Sue Bailey.  A History of the Mohawk Valley and Early Lumbering.  Polley Publishing, Marcola, OR.  1984.



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