The W & MV was a 36-mile Georgia short-line that Thompson notes "...brought about brief, but vital and long lasting, spurts to the towns and communities where its tracks ran. When it was gone, those towns [Rockledge, Adrian and Kite] were never the same again."
Thompson tells us that Wadley was on the Central of Georgia while Mount Vernon was served by the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery.
In 1905 the Central of Georgia bought up the assets of the W & MV, merged them with the Stillmore Air Line Railway, and renamed the result the Wadley Southern. According to Georgia Railroad History site (http://railga.com/wadsou.html), the two main elements were the 53-mile Wadley to Collins line and the Wadley to Rockledge line.
As the line "lived and breathed with the timber industry," exhaustion of the forests after about 25 years spelled doom for the WS. See the Courier Herald's comments in which a correspondent reports on the bankruptcy sale of a circus -- including its menagerie -- in 1889.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Wadley & Mount Vernon|
|Number in Class||2|
|Builder||Burnham, Williams & Co|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.36|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||57260 lbs|
|Engine Weight||92220 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||70000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||162220 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||3500 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||48 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||160 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||16" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||14921 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.84|
|Firebox Area||122.20 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||16.50 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1272 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1272 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||227.75|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2640|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2640|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||19552|