This plantation's sugar mill was perched on a cliff 400 feet (121.4 m) above the ocean on the northern coast of the Big Island about 50 miles (80 km) from Hilo. Much of the cane came down from the fields in the foothills on a cane-car gravity-driven system of parallel tracks. As the full car came down one track toward the mill, its cable feed pulled its empty opposite number on the other track back up to the fields.
Water supply was only fitfully supplied by water courses in this part of Hawaii, so Paauhau management contracted with Hawaiian Irrigation Company to deliver 20,000,000 gallons of water per day and built two reservoirs.
The little (very) saddle tank shown in this entry moved cane cars on the level stretches closer to the mill. Prosper Tomich documents this engine's transformation into a prime move that used a Ford V-8 fueled by gasoline driving the transmission from a Best-60 tractor to turn the rear axle. The original side (coupling) rods turned the other two axles. Berlinda Rapozo Camara remembered later how noisy the engine was as it pulled her car full of schoolchildren to and from school. See Locobase 15492 for another Ford V-8 conversion, this time of a full-sized 2-6-0 in Louisiana.
By 1945, the railway was closed.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Paauhau Sugar Plantation Company|
|Number in Class||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||1|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||5.25'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||19000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||19000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||19000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||200 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||60 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||11 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||160 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||7" x 12"|
|Tractive Effort||3332 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||5.70|
|Firebox Area||20 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||4.70 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||111 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||111 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||207.67|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||752|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||752|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||3200|