A trio of 8-wheelers, these Americans (works #3287-3289) were larger than the earlier Baldwin pair. They had shallower, radial-stay fireboxes; more tubes of shorter length, a shorter wheelbase, and larger tenders. The profile shows them to be typical Turn-of-the-Century locomotives.
#5 was retired in 1936 as worn out. #4 survived until March 1947. #6 received a superheater in May 1920, "Modern Steam Chest" in November 1923. It lasted the longest of the set, being retired only in November 1951.
History of the Ma & Pa (http://www.jarrettsville.org/mapa/index.htm, 7 May 2004). See also DeGolyer, Volume 20, p. 9. Works numbers were 14354 in July 1895 and 14547 in November
Originally built in narrow-gauge sections and first joined as the Maryland Central, the Ma & Pa, as it was later affectionally known, ran a twisting route from Baltimore to York, Pa. One of its components was the north-south Baltimore & Delta, which laid down tracks from Baltimore to Peach Bottom, Pa on the Susquehanna River in the late 1870s. The MC, which had laid tracks from York, Pa to Peach Bottom and explored southward toward Baltimore, bought the B & D in 1889. The MC in turn was purchased by the Baltimore & Lehigh, which struggled along until 1901, when it was bought by the Ma & Pa.
A series of amalgamations, bankruptcies, and other financial realignments eventually resulted in the Maryland & Pennsylvania in 1901. The Ma & Pa ran mail trains, milk trains, short-haul passenger (e.g., Bel Air to Baltimore), and freight. Much of the latter orginated in or near Delta, which had large slate quarries.
Over the years, the Ma & Pa gained outsized fame by offering railfan excursions. The operation's small, but robust operation and its proximity to major population centers ensured that its small stud of locomotives would appear in thousands of photographs.
Changes in traffic and the suspension of mail train subsidies led to the Ma & Pa's abandonment of passenger service in 1954. Freight service on the Pennsylvania District continued until the mid-1970s.
By the time of the Ma & Pa's incorporation in 1901, these typical eight-wheelers (Baldwin class 8-28-D-135) were part of the York Southern's contribution to the motive power roster.. Mixed-traffic locomotives, they operated for over 25 years, both being retired as "worn out, not worth repairing" on 30 June 1921 and December 1920, respectively.
Locomotive data from George W. Fitch, Jr.'s compilation (Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation and Historical Society photocopy reprint, 2004).
NB: Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlantic's #8 and 9 were Baldwin's. These seem to have been identical to the York Southern engine shown here, but the Baldwin spec doesn't show the heating surface data.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Maryland & Pennsylvania (Ma & Pa)||York Southern (Ma & Pa)|
|Number in Class||3||2|
|Road Numbers||4-6||1, 3|
|Builder||Richmond||Burnham, Williams & Co|
|Valve Gear||Richardson Balanced||Stephenson|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.37||0.37|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||46.54'||45.92'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||67100 lbs||50940 lbs|
|Engine Weight||101300 lbs||80540 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||81800 lbs||66940 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||183100 lbs||147480 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||4000 gals||3000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||6 tons||6 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||56 lb/yard||42 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi||160 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||17" x 24"||16" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||17116 lbs||13477 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.92||3.78|
|Firebox Area||92.65 sq. ft||98.59 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||20.54 sq. ft||16.50 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1235 sq. ft||1146 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1235 sq. ft||1146 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||195.88||205.19|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||3697||2640|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||3697||2640|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||16677||15774|