P&F ran a cluster of sawmills in Pearlington, Miss. on the Pearl River from 1867 to 1904. By 1870, the P&F was described as running the largest mill in Mississippi. "Big Jim, which opened in 1890, was a sawmill designed and built by Asa Hursey, who was, according to Russ Guerin,"said to be the finest mill builder in the country." It could cut 200,000 board feet a day.
At that rate, the available timber disappeared quickly and by 1904, the Pearlington mills had shut down for lack of work. As former employer Sam Russ noted: "The mill was built to last 100 years, but ... [they] overestimated the supply of timber upriver."
Poitevent & Favre relocated to Mandeville, Louisiana in 1913 and these wood-burning bi-directional tender engines served the company there. A note in the #1's specs advises setting the wood rack as far back as possible to accommodate as much wood fuel as possible. The note adds that 2 1/2 cords would fill the space. Although a similar note is missing from the later spec for #5, Chris Hohl infers a similar capacity for the later engine.
Both locomotives remained on the road until 1924 as the company logged long leaf yellow pine when it closed. 2 was sold to Hammond Lumber as their #1. 5 first went to locomotive rebuilder/reseller Georgia Car & Locomotive, which found a buyer in R L Dowling & Sons. The 5 soon joined its sister engine at Hammond Lumber of Oak View, Wash.
"Today", wrote Guerin, "many of the acres which once boasted huge stands of virgin cypress and pine are barren; others are cultivated for the purpose of growing and harvesting pulp wood. Life as it was known in the communities along the Pearl does not exist anymore. People had begun moving away even before the Stennis Space Center required several of the towns to be razed and reduced to ground level."
He added: "But the passing of an industry is not to be mourned ...Memories remain, and cannot be erased by clear-cutting, burning, construction or hurricanes. History rightfully records that a great industry contributed to the building of the Hancock County we know today."
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Poitevent & Favre Lumber Company|
|Number in Class||2|
|Road Numbers||1, 5|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft)||7|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft)||21.58|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.32|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)||21.58|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs)||45,850|
|Engine Weight (lbs)||66,350|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)||80,000|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)||146,350|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals)||4000|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)||38|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in)||44|
|Boiler Pressure (psi)||160|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)||14" x 22"|
|Tractive Effort (lbs)||13,328|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.44|
|Firebox Area (sq ft)||69.70|
|Grate Area (sq ft)||12.70|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)||872|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft)|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)||872|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||222.46|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2032|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2032|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||11,152|