The Washington County Railroad Company ran in Maine as an independent line until its takeover by the Maine Central in 1911. According to a list compiled by Mr. Bradley L. Peters in 1976 and preserved on http://www.trainnet.org/Libraries/Lib002/MEC-CO.TXT (visited 5 Aug 2004), it was chartered in 1893 and its major lines opened in 1898. Altogether it operated 115 miles connecting Ellsworth, Machias, and Eastport
The class shown shared the same firebox and had the same number of fire tubes as the fiveTen-Wheelers that went into production just before in Brooks' Dunkirk Works; see Locobase 2983.
Obviously there was little use for a small 4-4-0 in the MEC as each of these locomotives operated for a little over 20 years, after which they were scrapped.
Road # Year Changed to new # MEC Scrapped
1 21 in 1900 117 Sept 1921
2 22 in Nov 1905 118 Feb 1920
3 23 in Jan 1907 119 Sept 1921
4 24 in May 1906 120 June 1916
This Maine short line connected the town of Oakland on the Maine Central to Moosehead Lake (passing Moxie Pond on the way). The lake was a major attraction for nature-loving excursionists.
According to 8th-grade Morgan Hisler's hist orry of the Somerset (in the Main Memory Network at http://www.mainememory.net/schools_gallery/schools_sams11.shtml, last accessed 10 July 2010), the Somerset cost $30,000 per mile to build. Construction comprised three phases: 1872 to 1876 covered the 25 miles from Oakland to North Anson. Beginning in 1887 through 1890, the next stretch of 16 miles between North Anson to Bingham was completed. Finally, in 1904, 49 1/2 miles of track through the North Woods (no, really, the North Woods) reached Moosehead Lake.
In 1911, the Maine Central bought out the Somerset, which then was known as the Kineo branch. Passenger service ended in 1933, which also saw the uprooting of all track north of Bingham.
The P&RF was based in Rumford, Maine and grew steadily. Its location and traffic levels led the Maine Central in 1907 to lease it and the Rumford Falls & Rangeley Lakes for 999 years. This Eight-wheeler served both railroads until the MEC scrapped it in December 1911.
Schenectady's catalogue says that the engine was "...in service on the fast heavy seaside passenger trains between Portland and Bar Harbor, Me."
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Class||1/H||10/E||9 / H||D|
|Railroad||Washington County (MEC)||Somerset (MEC)||Portland & Rumford Falls (MEC)||Maine Central (MEC)|
|Number in Class||4||2||1||5|
|Road Numbers||1-4/21-24/117-120||10, 12/86-87||9 / 138||77, 81, 84, 156-157/ 193-195|
|Builder||Brooks||Alco-Manchester||Burnham, Williams & Co||Schenectady|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.35||0.38||0.38|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||48.92'||45.75'||45.58'||46.67'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||70800 lbs||61500 lbs||64000 lbs||72000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||107000 lbs||98000 lbs||100000 lbs||111800 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||85000 lbs||78000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||192000 lbs||176000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||4000 gals||3200 gals||3200 gals||3400 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||8.5 tons||5 tons||tons||tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||59 lb/yard||51 lb/yard||53 lb/yard||60 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi||180 psi||160 psi||160 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||18" x 24"||17" x 24"||18" x 24"||19" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||19189 lbs||16845 lbs||17057 lbs||17328 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.69||3.65||3.75||4.16|
|Firebox Area||134 sq. ft||142 sq. ft||156 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||21.80 sq. ft||18 sq. ft||17.60 sq. ft||18.32 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1490 sq. ft||1400 sq. ft||1598 sq. ft||1828 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1490 sq. ft||1400 sq. ft||1598 sq. ft||1828 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||210.79||222.05||226.07||232.10|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||3924||3240||2816||2931|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||3924||3240||2816||2931|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||24120||0||22720||24960|