"Have Train -- Will Haul" declared the B&S as it emerged from a dissolution of the earlier Missouri & Louisiana in September 1914. It was the Missouri part and linked the towns of Bevier and Binkley. Its 63 miles (101.4 km) of track in 1915 provided much-needed passenger and freight service until 1926. Maximum grades were 2% and maximum curvature reached 19 degrees (radii of 200 feet/61 metres).
Larry Vaughan's godswoodshed post details just how the railroad served the people of the area: "Miners would gather at the Bevier roundhouse each morning to catch the 4AM passenger train and ride to work. School children would then ride the return train to Bevier so they could go to school. After school the children would walk down to the train station and wait for the train home. The return trip brought miners home from their dayÆs work.
"The passenger train usually consisted of seven minersÆ coaches and coach number 204 for other passengers and the mail. Many people relied on the B&S not only for transportation, but also for jobs and to ship coal out that was mined in the Bevier area. The passenger service was discontinued in 1926 after post offices at Ardmore and Keota closed, and the postal contract was canceled."
Gradually shrinking to its eventual 9.8 miles (15.8 km), the railroad itself remained in operation for decades and continued in steam well into the 1960s.
After its retirement on 29 December 1962, the 112 was donated on 1 January 1963 put on display at the Bevier post office. Its display plaque notes that the engine traveled 364,562 miles (586,945 km) in its 43 years of service.
After entering service on the SV and being taken into the Buffalo & Susquehanna, the by-now 101 was sold to the Oleana & Germania in Cross Fork, Pa as their #3. But the sale boomeranged on the B & S as it took over the O & G three years later and regained the 3, now renumbered 123. The engine remained with the B & S for another 15 years, then went to Hattiesburg, Miss to operate on the J J Newman Lumber rails beginning in 1910.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Class||112||F H Goodyear|
|Railroad||Bevier & Southern||Sinnemahoning Valley (B & S)|
|Number in Class||1||1|
|Road Numbers||112||1 / 101|
|Builder||Baldwin||Burnham, Parry, Williams & Co|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft)||14||12.50|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft)||21.92||19.75|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.64||0.63|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)||51.86|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs)||120,000|
|Engine Weight (lbs)||137,000|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)||122,000|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)||259,000|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals)||6000||2600|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)||9|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)||67|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in)||51||50.25|
|Boiler Pressure (psi)||170||130|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)||20" x 26"||18" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort (lbs)||29,467||17,099|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.07|
|Firebox Area (sq ft)||150||113|
|Grate Area (sq ft)||28.10||21.40|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)||1735||1193|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft)|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)||1735||1193|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||183.52||168.77|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||4777||2782|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||4777||2782|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||25,500||14,690|