Part of the logging country served by the Red River & Gulf Railroad, this 4.36-mile line met the RR & G at Cocodorie Junction in Mississippi. It was formed by C. T. Crowell and A. B. Spencer in 1913. The Meridian was bought by the RR&G by 1920.
The wood-burning cabbage-stacked 202 trailed a tender carrying 3 1/2 cords of wood (about 8,000 lb/3,269 kg). It has been quite long lived, although its career was almost cut short in 1915 by a head-on collision with an RR & G locomotive at the Meridian yard. The 202 was later lettered for the Crowell Lumber Company.
In the 21st Century, the 202 was stored at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum.
Small as the Meridian's railroad might have been, the company seems to have felt it needed a larger Mogul locomotive than the 202 (Locobase 14037) of 1913. So it bought this wood-burner seven years later; its tender carried the same amount of water and 3 1/2 cords (about 8,000 lb/3,269 kg) of wood . It later served the Crowell Lumber Company of Long Leaf, La.
The specification spells out the future for this wood-burning logging Mogul: "Loco to be built to stand very rough service ...Springs and spring rigging to be extra heavy." Among the challenges were curves of 33 degrees (176 foot/53.6 metre radii). Its tender carried a relatively high amount of wood--3 1/2 cords.
MLC was owned by the Benford & Western Transportation Company of Benford, Texas and was incorporated in 1916 by Lynch Davidson, GM Seaman, and HJ Cullen. In 1921, the same year he was inaugurated as Texas's 16th lieutenant governor, Davidson consolidated his three lumber companies--Continental, Mardez, and Southland--under the name of Lynch Davidson & Company.
Davidson served only one 2-year term, but during that term, he was appointed chairman of the Texas State Railroad and found ways for the state prison system's railroad to show a profit.
The 5 was sold at some point to Crossett Lumber; see Locobase 11089 for a short biography of that company's founder.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Meridian Lumber Company||Meridian Lumber Company||Mardez Lumber Company|
|Number in Class||1||1||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft)||11||11||9.50|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft)||18||18.75||16.83|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.61||0.59||0.56|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)||44.29||46.62||43.06|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs)||73,000||86,000||66,000|
|Engine Weight (lbs)||86,700||101,000||79,000|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)||80,000||80,000||70,000|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)||166,700||181,000||149,000|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals)||4000||4000||3500|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)||41||48||37|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in)||44||44||42|
|Boiler Pressure (psi)||160||160||180|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)||16" x 24"||17" x 24"||15" x 20"|
|Tractive Effort (lbs)||18,991||21,439||16,393|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.84||4.01||4.03|
|Firebox Area (sq ft)||102||107||88|
|Grate Area (sq ft)||16.40||20.50||15.90|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)||1087||1285||1005|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft)|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)||1087||1285||1005|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||194.63||203.81||245.68|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2624||3280||2862|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2624||3280||2862|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||16,320||17,120||15,840|